Where to start!?
Using latest technical advancements, the New Mégane R.S. is oozing with raw performance across engine, transmission, chassis and suspension.
Similarly there’s immediate visual attitude thanks to wider, more aggressive looking ‘integral’ bodywork.
You’ve got the looks!
The New Mégane R.S. has certainly got the looks to match all that sophistication under the skin. There’s a choice of 18 or 19 inch wheels of great colours including Renault Sport’s traditional Liquid Yellow or, new for 2018, Volcanic Orange.
The effects of either are stunning on the New Mégane R.S.’s bulgier bodywork which, when compared to the Mégane GT, is 45mm wider at the rear and 60mm wider at the front – this improves the car’s overall poise but, at the front, also accommodates PerfoHub independent steering axis suspension which helps to counter-act torque-steer.
Key aerodynamic features include extractor vents behind the front and rear wheels (these reduce air pressure in the wheel arches), an F1-style ‘blade’, a new rear lip spoiler that generates downforce and a working rear diffuser – designed to help negate lift at higher speeds. This houses the hallmark, centrally-positioned exhaust pipe.
New engine has Renault Sport F1 input
Firstly Renault Sport Cars has collaborated with Renault Sport Racing’s Formula One Team’s engineers to give the car a wholly new 1.8-litre 4-cyclinder engine delivering 280hp at 6000rpm and 390Nm of torque.
This includes a re-designed cylinder head and revised, higher capacity dual intake air filter, plus ‘Twin Scroll’ turbo to improve flexibility and response at low revs.
Overall the new Mégane is now the most powerful turbocharged 1.8 car on the market.
Buyers have two types of 6-speed transmission to choose from: Manual or EDC automatic (using paddle shifts).
The EDC version includes Launch Control and rapid multi-change down technology that enables the driver to rapidly shift down several gears under braking.
Two chassis types & “bye, bye, rebound…”
Similarly, there are two chassis types: Sport and Cup – the latter boasting stiffer springs, dampers, bump stops and anti-roll bar and, most importantly, a new Torsen limited slip differential with differing lock-up values.
However the dampers on both cars is armed with front and rear hydraulic compression stops. This is derived from Renault Sport’s title-winning rallying and race car technology and provides additional damping.
Some have likened this to having eight dampers (“a damper within a damper”). Crucially, this performance gain eliminates the effects of ‘rebound’ – thereby enabling the car to settle easier on a bumpy surface to further improve traction.
The car’s stopping power has been upgraded, too, with even bigger 355mm front brake discs with Brembo callipers – trademark red on the Cup chassis. For track use there’s an optional bi-material set up.
Incredible handling with new 4CONTROL four-wheel-steering
Meanwhile the New Mégane is the first car in its segment to boast four-wheel-steering (using Renault’s 4CONTROL system).
Developed in conjunction with Renault Sport F1 Team driver Nico Hülkenberg, this incredible technology improves the car’s nimbleness through tight turns and also makes it more stable when cornering at higher speeds.
Handling and stability were both stand-out traits of the previous generous model and it is fair to say that the results of 4CONTROL on the new Mégane R.S. are nothing short of sensational.