As reported in February’s Newsletter, a bunch of UK motoring journalists were invited to Spain to test-drive both the Sport and Cup versions of the new Mégane R.S.
Also among them was The Mirror’s Colin Goodwin who sampled the Sport in EDM ‘auto’ specification on the roads and the Cup with a H-shift ‘box for use around the Jerez race track.
He wrote: “The Mégane R.S. is now available with the choice between a conventional six-speed manual gearbox and a double clutch EDC automatic with the same number of ratios.
“Each car was fantastic in its respective environment and I suspect that the Cup chassis will be great on the road.”
And he added: “As I’ve said before we’re in for a golden era of hot hatches with the current cars being as much fun as those made in the 1980s but they are now better made and safer too.”
While we mentioned evo’s online report last month we omitted its print edition and April’s front cover is full of the Volcanic Orange Mégane.
“Megane R.S.: Flat out in Renault Sport’s brilliant new hot hatch” reads the front page. Inside, a seven-page review by James Disdale follows and the car’s design is quick to impress – particularly its suspension that uses hydraulic compressions stops front and rear (its so-called ‘damper within a damper’ technology that is derived from Renault Sport’s competition cars).
“As the road surface deteriorates it’s clear there’s real magic being weaved under your bum,” he says.
Meanwhile evo has also recently run a very well researched and interesting online review of the Clio R.S. history dating back to its introduction to the UK.
Bob Harper takes a fascinating journey right back to the very first version, the 172, in 2000 and then details each model since with care taken over specifications to colour schemes to wheel sizes to numbers made.
What’s also fab about this article is that it links to plenty more stories and videos focusing on other R.S. favourites such as the Clio Williams and Clio V6 and the sensational all-electric ZOE E-sport…