Test drive New Mégane R.S. at Silverstone’s Speed Machine weekend

Renault Sport enthusiasts attending next month’s Speed Machine ‘weekender’ at Silverstone (25-27 May) will have an opportunity to test drive the new Mégane R.S. on one of the Formula 1 venue’s world-class circuit configurations.
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A number of the fourth generation Mégane R.S.s – raved about by the UK’s automotive media – are being brought to the event for potential customers to try out.

Significantly the event will mark the first public appearance of the new Mégane Renault Sport – one of the most eagerly awaited hot hatches of recent times – in the UK.

Certainly, Silverstone’s considerable straights and long-radius bends make it the ideal track lay-out to put the car through its paces and experience the stability provided by its technically advanced 4Control four wheel-steering system and suspension, which is enhanced by front and rear hydraulic compression stops. 


There will also be a chance to sit alongside a qualified R.S. driving instructor who will be able to further demonstrate the car’s capabilities and also talk about the driver’s cabin.


A stylish sports seat (embroidered with the R.S. emblem) provides plenty of snug support around the hips, waist and shoulders – full grey Alcantara upholstery with red stitching will be on offer. Meanwhile the driving position is enhanced with an adjustable ‘reach and rack’ steering wheel plus, for those choosing the EDM transmission, easy fingertip reach of the aluminium gear shift paddles.


Using the central display – Renault’s high-end R-LINK 2 multimedia system with an optional 8.7-inch TFT screen – a touch of the R.S. Drive button brings up MULTI-SENSE which offers a choice of five driving modes: Comfort, Neutral, Sport and Race and a notable, new option called ‘Perso’.


This enables the user to personalise engine response (via the pedal mapping), the firmness of the steering and gear shift speeds.


The R-LINK 2 tablet also boasts an all-encompassing palette of driving aids that assure, alert and assist – significant among these technologies are active emergency braking system (AEBS), over-speed prevention (OSP) and hands-free parking.


Ambient lighting around the centre console and within the door panels can also be selected in a number of colours via Perso mode.


Adding to that personal touch, the graphics and lay-out, information and colour can be configured on a funky new dash display that uses a TFT screen.

Meanwhile, Renault will have additional presence at Speed Machine with its Renault Electric Karting circuit for children aged under eight years old.


This is included in the ticket price to Speed Machine – a three-day festival which combines music, street food and motor sport, namely the latest round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship.


Among the entry list will be the GC-Kompetition team with its pair of 600bhp ‘third generation’ Mégane R.S.s which compete in World Rallycross’s top Supercar tier (see separate story).


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