What do you think of the new Renault Megane R.S.?
The new Renault Megane RS shares its engine with the Alpine.
These are the first "official" pictures of the 2018 Renault Mégane RS - arguably the most, most previewed and most teased new model to debut at the show, along with confirmation of its salient points.
There are wider tracks front and rear covering either 18- or 19-inch wheels.
Instead, the latest Megane RS will only come in the more practical five-door body style - but don't let that put you off because the more family-friendly hatch is far from tiresome featuring a body that has been heavily modified with the single aim of boosting performance and lowering lap times. A central exhaust pipe and diffuser finish the look.
Which start with a new direct-injection 1798cc turbopetrol four, its cylinder head designed with combined input from Renault Sport Cars and Renault Sport Racing Formula 1 engineers, a high-capacity dual-intake air filter and a new twin-scroll turbo. A new body colour, Volcanic Orange replaces Renault Sport's iconic Liquid Yellow. Despite the 200cc drop in capacity outputs increase to 205kW and 390Nm, fed through either a six-speed manual (hooray!) or six-speed dual-clutch transmission like that found in the Clio. The standard auto makes do with an open differential, but if you spec the more focused "Cup" chassis, you get a Torsen limited-slip differential. Performance should be enhanced by the 4CONTROL four-wheel steering. A new Torsen limited slip front differential is also fitted to models specced with the retuned springs and dampers of the Cup chassis. All versions get the four driving modes: Comfort, Normal, Sport and Race, the last of which disables the stability control system completely. The R-LINK 2 system features a new RS Monitor, which tracks and records the car's telemetry and driver performance.
Another first for the segment and the Megane RS, Renault claims, are the car's hydraulic compressions stops. The cockpit is finished in charcoal grey with red top-stitching and a choice of two upholsteries "carbon fibre weave" or Alcantara.