New 276bhp Renault Megane RS hot hatch lands in Frankfurt

New 276bhp Renault Megane RS hot hatch lands in Frankfurt

New 276bhp Renault Megane RS hot hatch lands in Frankfurt

Pleasingly for enthusiasts, including the large Aussie contingent or Renault Sport enthusiasts, the new Megane RS does not depart as drastically from its iconic predecessor as the Clio RS did back in 2013.

Renault's hot hatches always perform well.

These are the first "official" pictures of the 2018 Renault Mégane RS - arguably the most, most previewed and most teased new model to debut at the show, along with confirmation of its salient points.

There are wider tracks front and rear covering either 18- or 19-inch wheels. Or if you don't mind waiting a little while, a Trophy version will be making an appearance nearer the end of next year, with 296bhp and - we're predicting - some front-wheel drive Nurburgring bragging rights. A new front bumper, side sill, lip spoiler and rear bumper create a different look. Renault is claiming fuel economy of over 34mpg with Carbon dioxide emissions of 155g/km.

Purists will be delighted that, as well as being offered with a six-speed dual-clutch "EDC" automatic transmission, the new Megane RS will also come with the option of a traditional six-speed manual that comes with a REV-match.

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In the chassis of the hot hatch Renault Megane RS the third generation uses "steering" the rear wheels, Torsen differential on the front axle and hydraulic constraints of the compression stroke in the shock absorbers. One cool class-exclusive feature of the Renault Megane R.S. is 4Control four-wheel steering, which should give the vehicle exceptional agility at high speeds.

As well as the choice of suspension, the Renault Sport flagship will also come standard with configurable driving modes, with drivers able to select an Eco, Normal, Sport or Race modes.

European order books open for the Megane RS in December 2017 with the first Australian cars expected in early 2018.

All models come with 355mm front discs with Brembo calipers and there's also optional bi-material aluminium and cast iron brake discs for those who want to track the vehicle.

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