2018 Renault Megane RS a brutal compact that will fuel the war on the Nürburgring with 280 hp
By: Fedora Atjeh | September 12, 2017
After many advances, that if video teaser, that if behind, that if camouflaged ... finally we see the new Renault Mégane R.S. As part of the Frankfurt Motor Show, Renault presented the third generation of the iconic compact, now more powerful thanks to a new turbocharged engine with direct fuel injection.
The 1.8-liter four-cylinder unit (1,798cc) combines the maximum power of 280 hp (205kW) at 6,000 rpm with a maximum torque of 390 Nm, positioning it as a rival to take into account for this new generation of compact sports cars and fueling the war for the Nürburgring. In addition, Renault Sport will introduce a 300 HP 'Trophy' version of the new R.S at the end of 2018.
The new Mégane R.S is equipped with the 4Control that equips the present Mégane GT and that gives him an agility in curves superior to the one of any hatchback. For increased road performance, the R.S is wider, has wider tracks and sits on new 18- or 19-inch wheels.
A large air intake feeds the flow to the heat exchangers for efficient engine cooling and the rear spoiler has been redesigned to generate additional aerodynamic force.
For the first time, the new Mégane R.S can be configured with two types of transmission: a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed EDC double-clutch transmission that will include cams on the steering wheel.
The style incorporates numerous motorsport signs, including a rear diffuser, and a 3D honeycomb pattern grille that has been revised by Renault Sport. Meanwhile, the sculpted flanks, which are a hallmark of the Renault Megan, are accentuated with the flared fins of the R.S.
Both front and rear bumpers are noticeably more aggressive than in more civilized versions, flared fins, a huge diffuser and, to make it even more practical, the fourth generation of the RS will nourish five-door bodies, leaving the coupe aspect of the outgoing generation.
The new R.S is the first production car with the new emblem of Renault Sport that is common to both Renault Sport Racing and Renault Sport Cars, while a new dynamic body color, 'Tonic Orange' has been added to the catalog.
The interior features sports front seats with integrated headrests, charcoal gray trim, red upper seam, Alcántara upholstery ... And the sports steering wheel has a red marker on the top and an RS emblem on the bottom.
The sports version is equipped with the Renault Multi-Sense system that gives drivers the choice of five driving modes: Comfort, Normal, Sport, Race and Perso. It also comes with a series of driver aids (ADAS) that can be turned on or off with the R-LINK 2 tablet.
At the moment no specifications have been revealed regarding the exact date of marketing, price or standard equipment, but it has advanced that Renault Sport will introduce a 300 HP 'Trophy' version of the new R.S at the end of 2018.