Renault Megane RS Coming to SA in 2018 [w/Video]

The Renault Megane RS was shown at the Frankfurt motor show earlier this year and the firm has released a video that details the French hot-hatch. Give it a watch!

Renault has taken the camouflage off the Megane RS in Frankfurt and revealed all the juicy details it's been holding back about the new RS. There are still 2 versions of the RS available, a Cup – for hardcore enthusiasts and a Sport chassis – a little more comfortable, but still performance-oriented.

The major innovation for this new Megane RS is the introduction of 4-wheel steering standard on both chassis as well as the GT-Line we tested earlier this year. The system has been tuned to make the RS particularly nimble in tight turns and then stable at high speed. As a side bonus, it also provides a tighter turning circle.

The Megane RS' hydraulics compressions stops deliver a blend of dynamism, but, depending on their setting, ride comfort.

Front and rear hydraulic compression stops, a technology derived from motorsport, provide additional damping and eliminate the effects of rebound by performing the following functions: They ensure a high level of chassis efficiency on the Cup chassis version irrespective of the type of road. Combined with the Sport chassis, they deliver a more comfortable ride.

Technologies carried over from the previous generation RS include the PerfoHub suspension and steering setup, although this has been improved and the suspension is now stiffer than before. There is also a limited slip differential on the Cup chassis as before. The Cup and Sport have individual suspension setups to cater for the different driver requirements.

New engine

The Megane RS will use an all-new engine that sees it reduce capacity to 1.8-litres. Power outputs are still impressive at 205 kW and 390 Nm of torque. Peak torque is available from 2 000 rpm right up to 5 400 rpm. Renault also claims that combined fuel consumption is as low as 6.9L/100 km.

The RS carries over the futuristic and sophisticated fascia of its Megane brethren, but with a much sportier execution.

For the first time in the Megane RS, owners get the option of either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed EDC dual-clutch gearbox. The dual-clutch 'box features a multi-change down ability when the downshift paddle is held in as well as a launch control system.

RS Monitor

Just like the Clio RS, the Megane RS features a monitoring system that displays performance data such as G-forces, acceleration times, throttle and braking inputs and the likes. The system is now camera ready, either Smartphone camera or other, allowing drivers to film their driving. They can then play back and analyse their run thanks to the incorporation of performance data in the image. They can even share the film on social media. 

Trophy coming later

As with the last few versions of RS products, there will be a Trophy model on the horizon. Renault claims it will launch the Trophy before the end of 2018 with power being cranked up to around 220 kW and 400 Nm. As for the regular RS models, they will be available in Europe from Q2 2018 and likely to reach South Africa a few months after that.

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