The latest high-performance model from Renault Sport -- the Megane RS has piqued the interest of many Hatchback enthusiasts. The model is available in two chassis configurations: Sport (for the daily driver) and Cup (daily driver with occasional track fun). Powering the vehicle is a 2.0L turbocharged inline-four that produces 250 hp and 251 lb-ft of torque.
The only transmission currently available is the six-speed manual. Chassis setup for the Sport edition leans more toward giving comfort, with its smaller anti-roll bars and tamer dampening.
Meanwhile, the Cup gets a stiffer calibration all around and employs a mechanical LSD for extra grip to the 19-inch wheels. The Cup also gets bigger Brembo brakes.
Both the Sport and Cup chassis configurations utilize a Renaultsport Dynamic Management system with three ESP modes (On, Sport, Off) and a Renaultsport Monitor displaying vehicle telemetry.
To reduce torque-steer during acceleration (0-100 km/h in 6.1 secs.), a revised Renault PerfoHub was fitted. Styling is inspired largely by Renault's motorsport experience.
Aerodynamic elements give the effect of increasing cooling to the force-fed engine and making the car look mean. Its interior has only high-quality features, with an emphasis on comfort.
Judging from its looks, the new 2010 Renault Mégane RS is irrefutably sporty, both inside and out. On the outside, the new 2010 Mégane RS comes with a front bumper with integrated LED daytime running lights and a splitter reminiscent of the low-slung nose of the R28 Formula 1 car.
Further boosting its sporty appearance are a central exhaust tailpipe, a rear diffuser and 18-inch aluminum alloy rims. Inside, it features appointments that radiate a sporty aura. For instance, the interior of the 2010 Mégane RS comes with an extra lateral support for the seats as well as an analogue rev-counter with visual and audible gearshift indicator.
It also comes with specific steering wheel with thumb rests and aluminum pedal cover. Occupants could also notice the Renault Sport signature on the headrests, dashboard and rev-counter background.
Fascinatingly, the new Renault Mégane RS has taken advantage of the expertise and experience of Renault Sport Technologies in producing sporting models. It is well known that Renault Sport Technologies typically combines its motorsport experience with its production expertise to create new sporting cars.
Models developed by Renault Sport are recognized for their purebred engines, efficient chassis and high level of sports performance. Proof of this includes the Mégane F1 Team R26 and Mégane R26.R, which were named as 'Sporting Car of the Year' in France in 2007 and 2008, respectively.