The car will not officially be unveiled until September’s Frankfurt Motor Show with sales in the UK scheduled to begin in spring 2018.
It will come with an option of either a manual or automatic EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) transmission.
During Monaco’s F1 weekend the Mégane took to the track in a special yellow and black livery to reflect the 40th anniversary of Renault’s involvement in F1 (see separate articles).
However the livery was also of ‘camouflage’ design so as to not give too much away to the naked eye.
Hülkenberg admitted it was not the first time he’d driven the car as he enthused: “I got an opportunity to test All-New Mégane R.S. during its development and I was hooked first time out by the excellence of its chassis.
“Renault Sport has done a tremendous job on its performance credentials. It was a huge pleasure to drive it around the legendary street track at.”
Since 2004, the successive generations of Mégane R.S. have provided their owners with landmark innovations and technologies, from independent steering axis front suspension and a choice of Sport and Cup chassis, to Recaro bucket seats, Brembo brake callipers and innovative R.S. Monitor.
It’s not just enthusiasts who have raved about the cars – almost without fail the motoring media has featured them among their favourites when it comes to providing the ultimate driving thrill.
Renault Sport is also continually exploring new frontiers when it comes to providing customers with exceptional suspension and engine performance, along with aerodynamics honed for efficiency and the best of F1 technology. The successive generations of Mégane R.S. have all stood out as benchmarks in the compact sports car class.
However Patrice Ratti, Managing Director of Renault Sport cars, clearly believes the new model could just be the best yet, commenting at Monaco: “I don’t think we could have chosen a more appropriate or more impactful moment than the 40th anniversary of Renault’s involvement in F1 to launch a new model.
“We aim to make All-New Mégane R.S. the new compact sports car benchmark.”