2009 Geneva Motor Show: Megane Renault Sport

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2009

Not to be outdone in the hot-hatch category, Renault introduced an uprated Megane Renault Sport 250 today at the Geneva Motor Show. Although it is not coming with an Alpine mark, with an extra 25hp and a lineup of sport suspensions, enthusiasts won't be minding.

The distinctive design of the Megane Renault Sport 250 consists of a spectacular front air splitter, LED daytime running lights, broadened sills and 18 inch rims.

The interior has apparently been influenced by motorsport where the seats are heavily reinforced and the analog tachometer comes with audible and visual shift indicators. A unique steering wheel equipped with thumb grips along with aluminum pedals assist in improving driving pleasure.

Power under the hood is provided by a 2.0 liter turbocharged 16-valve unit generating 250hp and a torque of 340Nm. This number is 20hp over the power numbers of the Megane R26.R.

The quick response twin-turbo offers a broad power range which is channeled to the wheels via a 6-speed manual gearbox. Even the audio of the engine has been tuned to attain the perfect babble.

The suspension is still the same, but the RS250 come with one of two sport suspension options. For daily driving, the regular sport chassis offers responsiveness, while the more extreme Cup suspension comes with a limited-slip differential.

Both suspensions come with revised electronic power steering and a stability control system that can be conveniently removed for track day use.

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.

Powerful

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.

Efficient

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.

Provocative

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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