FRANKFURT MOTOR SHOW: Renault reveals hot new Megane RS

FRANKFURT MOTOR SHOW: Renault reveals hot new Megane RS

FRANKFURT MOTOR SHOW: Renault reveals hot new Megane RS

The Megane RS gets a new look for 2018, with newly styled bumpers and headlights, as well as a new interior. On the front wings, there are air vents behind the wheelarches which are created to boost airflow around the front of the auto at high speed.

The bodywork has been suitably beefed up - it's now 60mm wider at the front and 45mm wider at the rear compared to a Megane GT. A central exhaust pipe and diffuser finish the look.

2018 Renault Sport Megane
2018 Renault Sport Megane

Renault has not announced the dynamic characteristics of new items.

In its place is the French performance division's all-new 1.8-litre turbocharged four-cylinder that powers the forthcoming Alpine A110 coupe - except in the heavier Megane RS the wick has been turned up from 185kW/320Nm to a more substantial 205kW/390Nm - the latter torque figure being delivered from just 2400rpm.

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It's rated for 205kW at 6000 revs and 390Nm from 2400-5000rpm, driving the front wheels via (for the first time on a Mégane RS) your choice of a six-speed manual or a six-speed dual-clutch transmission and paddle shift, and (on the Cup chassis) a Torsen limited slip differential retuned for improved traction and higher cornering speeds.

Renault Sport boss Patrice Ratti confirmed to Autocar there is also a more powerful track-ready Megane RS Trophy on its way. Sport and Cup chassis each have their own specific springs, damper settings, bump stop and anti-roll bars.

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Missing out on all-wheel drive, to boost agility the Megane RS will come with a specially tuned version of the Renault's 4CONTROL four-wheel steering system.

Five driving modes (Comfort, Normal, Sport, Race and Perso) accessed via the Megane's digital display tailor the car's steering, throttle and transmission setup accordingly.

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European order books open for the Megane RS in December 2017 with the first Australian cars expected in early 2018. The R-LINK 2 system features a new RS Monitor, which tracks and records the car's telemetry and driver performance. The cockpit is finished in charcoal grey with red top-stitching and a choice of two upholsteries "carbon fibre weave" or Alcantara.

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