Renault Unveils All-New Megane RS Hot Hatch in Frankfurt

Exceptional driving enjoyment’ from Renault’s new Megane RS

A central exhaust pipe and diffuser finish the look.

The performance arm of Renault has confirmed that while its all-new Megane RS rolls out with 205kW from its 1.8-litre turbo four-pot, an even hotter 220kW version is due to join it within 12 months.

Renault has dismissed efforts by rival hot-hatch manufacturers to enter into a power war, declaring its new Megane RS may not have the biggest horsepower number in its class but will nevertheless be great fun to drive.

A more powerful Trophy version of the vehicle will be unveiled later this year, with 300 hp (224 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) on tap, but even that auto lags behind the competition. The latest Megane R.S. has all the hallmarks of a good modern hot hatch, including a powerful turbocharged engine and manual gearbox, and mixes them with high-tech goodies like rear-wheel steering.

European order books open for the Megane RS in December 2017 with the first Australian cars expected in early 2018. An RS Drive button provides a shortcut to Sport and Race modes. Firmly focused on performance, the small Renault is one of the first hatchbacks to feature a four-wheel steering system.

The RWS system is said by Renault to aid turn-in on tight corners and stability at higher speeds but if you're thinking of it helping produce a quicker lap at Germany's Nurburgring racetrack - a benchmark lap time of which Honda now holds the hot-hatch record for with its Type R - then maybe think again. Created to boost agility at low speed and stability at high-speed, the system will be fitted to every model as standard. The vehicle will be available with either a six-speed manual transmission or-for the first time in a Megane R.S. -an automatic in the form of a six-speed EDC dual-clutch transmission. A new Torsen limited slip front differential is also fitted to models specced with the retuned springs and dampers of the Cup chassis. The cockpit is finished in charcoal grey with red top-stitching and a choice of two upholsteries "carbon fibre weave" or Alcantara. The R-LINK 2 system features a new RS Monitor, which tracks and records the car's telemetry and driver performance.

Other creature comforts, which come as standard include Adaptive Cruise Control, a reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors plus a hands-free parking function.

The latest generation of the Renault Megane R.S. hot hatch is debuting at the Frankfurt Motor Show, and claiming to be the first vehicle in its segment with four-wheel steering.

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