2010 Renault Megane RS breaks cover

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

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.

Press Release

Renault Megane RS

As the latest in a long line of Renault sporting models, Renault Mégane RS stands out through its exhilarating performance and handling. The cocktail of its 250hp engine, unmistakable sporting coupé credentials and choice of two chassis ('Sport' and 'Cup' with limited slip differential) is clear evidence that Renault Mégane RS has been honed to offer an extreme ride.

Coming after Mégane F1 Team R26 and Mégane R26.R, Renault Mégane RS profits fully from Renault Sport Technologies' extensive experience when it comes to manufacturing production sporting models.


New Mégane Renault Sport is powered by a new-generation 2-litre 16-valve turbocharged petrol engine which boasts maximum power of 250hp (184kW) at 5,500rpm and peak torque of 340Nm from 3,000rpm. The sum of the different improvements made to this engine has produced a gain of 20hp and 40Nm over Mégane R26.R which itself emerged as the yardstick in the world of performance hatches. The Renault Sport 2.0 T engine's twin-scroll turbo is exceptionally responsive and is particularly flexible at lows revs, with 80 per cent of maximum torque available from 1,900 rpm. Its broad useful rev band makes it a genuine joy to drive in everyday use, and the pleasure remains all the way up to the rev-limiter whenever it is pushed a little harder. The engine of New Mégane RS drives through a six-speed manual gearbox.

Work has also gone into the acoustics of the Renault Sport 2.0 T engine to produce a telltale sporty pitch audible inside the cabin under acceleration.


Renault Mégane RS has inherited the same suspension arrangement as the current Mégane RS. Thanks to an independent steering axis layout at the front, the suspension and steering functions have been separated to ensure a particularly high standard of handling and traction performance.

Like the sporting versions of the Renault Clio and Renault Twingo ranges, New Mégane RS is available with a choice of two chassis: the 'Sport' chassis or the 'Cup' chassis, which comes with a limited slip differential for even greater traction.

The electric power steering features specific, sportier calibration and benefits from the latest improvements seen on new Renault Mégane aimed at achieving greater precision and even more feedback from the road.

Renault Mégane RS is equipped with ESC which is fully disconnectable in order to enable owners to sample the pleasure of enjoying their car's full potential round a circuit.


New Mégane RS benefits from undeniably sporty looks. The front bumper incorporates the LED daytime running lights, as well as the splitter which recalls the low-slung nose of the R28 Formula 1 car. The sporty calling of this Renault Sport-badged model is further emphasized by its 18-inch aluminium alloy rims, central exhaust tailpipe and rear diffuser.

The interior appointments, too, exude the world of motor sport, from the extra lateral support for the seats, to the analogue rev-counter with visual and audible gearshift indicator, the aluminium pedal cover and the specific steering wheel complete with thumb rests. The Renault Sport signature is also visible inside the car: on the headrests, rev-counter background and dashboard.

Renault Mégane RS profits fully from Renault Sport Technologies' extensive experience when it comes to manufacturing production sporting models

Renault Sport Technologies has combined its experience of motor sport with its longstanding production expertise to develop a comprehensive range of sporting cars. The hallmarks of Renault Sport models are their pedigree engines and efficient chassis which together deliver an undeniably high level of sports performance, as testified by the reputation forged by Mégane F1 Team R26 and Mégane R26.R which were voted 'Sporting Car of the Year' in France in 2007 and 2008 respectively.

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