New Renault Megane RS First Reviews Claim It’s Good, But Is It Type R-Good?

The first video reviews of the 2018 Renault Megane RS have finally landed, so let’s see what the new French hot hatch is all about.

Offered with two chassis settings, rear-wheel steering, a “clever” suspension, a 280PS (276hp) 1.8-liter turbocharged engine and the choice of a manual or a dual-clutch transmission, the VW Golf GTI and Honda Civic Type R rival was driven in Spain by the Press a couple of weeks ago.

Autocar has released a short video that includes some track time with the car, while making some interesting observations. The first one says that the new powertrain might not be as exciting as the old 2.0-liter unit, but the overall impression from behind the wheel is a positive one, and the second that it might just be better than the Civic Type R.

On the other hand, Carfection’s review offers a more in-depth look into the new Megane RS, comparing the cornering abilities of the Sport chassis, on a twisty road, with those of the Mitsubishi Evo when the rear-wheel steering kicks in.

Elsewhere, the hot hatch is said to be easy to live with thanks to its comfortable seats and suspension that absorbs most bumps in the road, but if driving on the track occasionally is your thing, then you may want to go for the Cup chassis. This adds a Torsen limited slip differential and 10 percent stiffer suspension.

Just like its predecessors, the new Megane RS is predicted to be a big success for RenaultSport, and will probably get a hardcore Trophy version later this year, but is it the FWD hot hatch to go for? Watch the reviews and let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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  • MonDieu

    Good looking hot hatch with rear wheel steer – I like it but…

    It’s French… how long is that rear wheel steer going to last?
    Love the Renault Espace too… but that is Europe’s most unreliable car!

    • Scherpereel Clement

      Well I tried a 10 years old laguna with rear wheel steering and it was fine. I’m more concerne about the engine. 1.8l and 280ps is quite a lot. Let’s see the reliability first

    • Rada Masri

      Well…i got this system 4WS in my Renault Laguna coupe and it’s 2010 model…and that thing still get involved every time i turn since then..and i got over 211000 KM on the clock..so obviously its still working and will work for some time to come!

  • aaronbbrown

    It definitely sounds better. What’s the curb weight, that should always be included, and people who cover the car Industry should be going out of their way to find out exactly how much these cars weigh And include it when they publish.

  • Bash

    Design wise… I like this more than that awfully over designed type R.

    • LWOAP

      It already wins in that category.

  • Scherpereel Clement

    Personaly I regret they ditch the coupé body.
    The Megane RS 3 pre-facelift was just the perfect design for me.
    But I’m glad Renault doesn’tparticipate in that power race like the other.

    • Vassilis

      Thankfully it still looks great. Unlik for example a 5door Golf.

  • Vassilis

    It’ll probably not be as quick as the Civic but it doesn’t matter. It’ll still be silly quick and it looks fantastic.

    • alexxx

      Renault sport would never let typeR win😊

    • Shobin Drogan

      Only a matter of time before they come out with a faster version aimed to dethrone the type R at the ring, I’m willing to bet on it.

      • Vassilis

        Yeah they’re already said a Trophy version with 300hp is coming but I’m not sure that’ll be enough. RS makes amazing chassis but I’m not sure it can overcome the Megane’s inherent disadvantage of a torsion beam at the rear. I may be wrong. Either way, to be honest, it doesn’t really matter whether or not they beat the Civic.

  • DON’T HAVE A PROPER MICROPHONE? GO BACK AND DO IT AGAIN. NEXT.

    • Bash

      Don’t know how to type like a normal person? go back and learn again. next.

  • Kyle Newberry

    Come on Nissan! Bring it to the states!

  • Mr_Fanta_Pants

    Can’t wait to drive this and see whether it’s worth upgrading from my 2011 RS250. It’ll have to be pretty amazing to get me to upgrade.

  • I mean not with that asking price honestly….

  • gor134

    Amazing looking car. Love that the wide fenders are actually molded in and flow with the body unlike the Type R. Makes this car look much more premium.

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