The absolutely stunning car has been shown to the world’s automotive press for the first time today (Tues 12 Sept) at the famous Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany.
Order books will open in March with first deliveries in the Spring.
The reason for all the hype is that this is the car that succeeds the sensational Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R which left enthusiasts of the brand and motoring journalists all gobsmacked with its performance.
You know; the one which obliterated the lap record for a front-wheel-drive car around the full 14-mile Nurburgring circuit.
Three years on this is what Renault Sport have come up with next – the latest chapter of the Mégane R.S. story which dates back to 2004…
There are tons of features – including a new ‘Volcanic Orange’ body colour – that stand out but here are the ones that enthusiasts want to know about the most:
- All-new 1.8-litre, 4-cylinder turbocharged engine with direct fuel injection
- Delivers 280hp at 6000rpm and 390Nm of torque
- Includes revised cylinder head and air intake with input from Renault Sport Racing’s F1 engineers
- Twin-scroll turbo significantly enhances flexibility and response at low revs
- Option of two types of transmission – 6-speed manual or 6-speed EDC dual-clutch
- Traction control
- Upgraded brakes: 355mm front discs with Brembo callipers; optional bi-material cast iron and aluminium discs
- ‘4Control’ technology featuring four-wheel-steering – this is unique in the car’s segment
- PerfoHub independent axis front suspension
- New Torsen limited slip differential with Cup chassis
- Bespoke bodywork with wider front and rear wings – 60mm at the front; 45mm at the rear compared to Mégane GT, new front and rear bumpers
- New rear ‘lip’ spoiler to negate lift
- F1-inspired rear diffuser
- Renault’s latest-spec multi-reflector R.S Vision LED lighting system
- 18 and optional 19-inch wheels
- Extractor vents to rear of front wheel arches
- Hydraulic compression stops front and rear providing extra damping and eliminate effects of ‘rebound’
- Upgraded R.S. Monitor – allows driver to connect a camera (eg mobile phone) to film their drive and use on social media or share among other owners via ‘R.S. Reply’
- 5 driving modes via the ‘MULTI-SENSE’ system – Comfort; Normal; Sport; Race and ‘Perso’ (where you can switch the gizmos off and go truly hardcore)
- Sports front seats with integrated head rest
- ‘Charcoal Grey’ cockpit with red top-stitching
- Choice of two upholsteries - ‘carbon fibre weave’ or Alcantara
- Bespoke aluminium pedals and gear lever
Trophy version on its way
Renault Sport has confirmed that “before the end of 2018” it will introduce a Trophy version fitted with a 300hp/400Nm engine. Watch this space, as they say…
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