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2018 Renault Megane RS now has more power and tech

The long-awaited 2018 Renault Megane RS has finally made its way to the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, after having been the subject of several spy photos and leaks. The Megane RS is definitely among the most-liked C-segment hot hatches as it comes with a number of technologies – including a turbo gasoline engine with two new transmission options.

It comes equipped with a 1.8-liter turbocharged gas motor with direct injection, like the one in the Alpine A110 sports car, instead of the older 2.0-liter turbo. This engine works with either a six-speed manual or a dual-clutch six-speed automatic transmission that includes paddle shifter and launch control, giving power to the front wheels. All this enables the Megane RS to carry out as much as 280 horsepower (205 kilowatts). It will also come with standard 355mm front discs with Brembo calipers that customers can swap for optional bi-material cast iron and aluminum discs.

But that’s not all that it can do, as customers can opt for the Megane RS Trophy version that should be out before 2019. This variant will have a little more power, giving out 300 horsepower (224 kilowatts). It is too early to provide numbers for the acceleration and top speed of both the regular and the Trophy variant, but stay tuned as we will probably find out by December this year.

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Leaked images: All eyes are on this red 2018 Renault Megane RS

The 2018 Renault Megane RS is scheduled to be revealed this September 12 at the Frankfurt Motor Show. However, months before its debut, we are already seeing leaked images of the hot hatch. This time, a Megane RS in a bold red paint emerged on Facebook and its images have been circulating the net. Looking at the images, it seems like the photos have been taken at Renault’s facility. We are assuming this because there are other prototypes around it that seem to be camouflaged.

The images reveal several details including the RS-specific checkered flag motif on the LED fog lights to the beefy diffuser that is complemented with the central trapezoidal exhaust tip. There is no doubt that this is the 2018 Megane RS, as you can spot the “RS” logos on both the front (below the diamond badge) and the rear (under the tail light) ends of the car.

One can definitely tell the difference between the Megane GT and the Megane RS. For instance, the new model has vented front fenders, flared wheel arches, and has added vents at the back. The RS is also much lower compared to the GT when it comes to the sporty suspension setup. Other than that, it comes equipped with large two-tone alloy wheels that are exclusive for the RS version.

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Patent images of 2018 Renault Megane RS are here

The wait is over for those who have been waiting to see more of the 2018 Renault Megane RS. Though, the actual model will be officially revealed in September at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, patent images have already been published by World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). These images show the hatch's built from every angle, exposing all of its features without any kind of camouflage.

Overall, the performance model looks significantly sportier and more aggressive than its GT counterpart. The patent images had the same design elements from the teasers and spy shots that we have seen earlier. These elements include: flared wheel arches on the car's profile, huge air vents up front, and a trapezoidal exhaust tip.

Other than what we have already seen before, there are some bits that are new to us like the headlights up front that are not like the other Megane models, as well as the taillights on the rear end of the car. The bumpers just by the taillights also look more muscular with two side scoops. Like the Clio RS, the Megane gets the same checkered flag motif on the LED fog lights.

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Image leak shows 2018 Renault Megane RS without camouflage

Renault is bound to unveil the next generation of the 2018 Renault Megane RS at the 2017 edition of the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. All the French carmaker has done so far was to show off the new-gen Megane RS – albeit in a camouflaged form – at the Monaco Grand Prix. There have been spy shots of the hot hatch, but all of them were also in disguise.

However, an image of the new Renault Megane RS in all its crowning glory has been leaked on the Internet, providing us a good peek as to how the hot hatch actually looks sans any camouflage. This particular Megane RS has been painted white. As photographed, the Megane RS only shows a part of its rear end and its sides. As the image shows, the Megane RS features a pair air vents behind the front wheels, a body work that is laden with angles and a small roof spoiler. This roof spoiler features the same shade as the body, resulting in a more seamless look.

In addition, the image shows the new Renault Megane RS sport a rectangular exhaust protruding out from the center of the rear diffuser. Likewise, a pair of vents is also found on the rear end of the Megane RS. Under the right rear light can be found the RS badge. It also rides on the black and silver wheels that were previously seen on Megane RS prototypes.

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There’s no more hiding for the 2018 Renault Megane RS. For months, we have been seeing spy shots of the Megane RS, but in its camouflage. No doubt, they were good at hiding the model, considering they did not use the actual bits and pieces of production model when it was being tested out on the roads. Instead, they used the GT’s body modified in certain areas. But no matter how good they are at hiding when it public, they can never avoid sneaky people who walk in and out of their factories. Just a few days ago, photos of the hot hatch have been revealed by an unknown source. Though the photo is slightly blurred, it seems like this is going to be the final specification of the range-topper.

The production prototype of the Megane RS, finished in a bright orange shade, now has wider hips and a beefy diffuser with a massive trapezoidal exhaust found in the rear’s center. A pair of vents are located on both ends of the rear. The “RS” badge can also be seen on the trunk lid and under the right taillight.

Above the third brake light, Renault had built a roof mounted spoiler that now has an indentation in the middle, which was slightly modified from the design we last saw. Unlike the GT that had gloss black spoilers, the Megane’s spoiler is painted with the same shade as the rest of the body for a more seamless look. Another significant change would be the newly designed black alloy wheels that are now wrapped in wider tires.

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Last summer, the third-generation Megane RS has been discontinued. This led to most people thinking that an all new version was coming very soon.

In fact, some expected to see a new generation Megane RS at the Paris Motor Show. So when they didn’t, it was expected to be launched at the recent 2017 Geneva Motor Show. But still, Renault has not revealed the car in any of the auto shows mentioned.

So then, more people are guessing that it will come out at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show in September, since the French company did say that the model will be unveiled later this year in a video they released on Facebook celebrating a social media milestone of reaching 1 million fans. Now, that should be a more accurate guess. But then again, we don’t have much to go on.

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Many are thinking that it would be nice if the Renault Megane RS – a front-wheel drive small family car -- would get an all-wheel drive. Such element would make the Renault Megane RS more suitable for any road condition in any weather. If such Megane RS does exist, it would indeed be great news.

Just recently, there have been speculations that Renault is developing an AWD version of the Megane RS. Of course, Renault has not made any official announcements over the model. Its officials have been silent about any possibility of a Megane RS AWD. But most carmakers are like that; they usually keep their mouth shut over any development until they think it is the right time to divulge them. As for the possibility that the French carmaker is creating an AWD Megane RS, a few spy pictures make us giddy with excitement that such a version is being developed.

These spy pictures – taken in a gas station in Sweden -- reveal a few details why we believe that a Megane RS AWD could be on the way. The images feature a Megane in a grey finish with a “Renault Sport” badge on the rear. While this model is surely a Megane RS, it comes with the body of the Megane GT hatch. A section from the middle of its rear diffuser-style element has been removed to better accommodate two exhaust tips. The test car also features larger front discs with Brembo brake calipers. But that is not why we think that this test mule is an AWD variant of the Megane RS.

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It was back in March 2014 when Seat announced that its new Leon Cupra 280 is the king of the Nurburgring for the front-wheel drive vehicles as the hot hatch lapped the well-known German racetrack in 7 minutes and 58 seconds. Today, Nurbugring has a new king as Renault introduced the Megane RS 275 Trophy-R. This new limited-edition model lapped the Nurburgring in 7 minutes and 54 seconds.

Based on the Megane RS 275 Trophy, the new limited-edition model comes as standard with the Cup chassis (complete with limited-spli differential), a 2.0-liter petrol RS engine that delivers 275 hp, Ohlins Road&Track one-way adjustable dampers with composite springs, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires as well as a new titanium Akrapovic exhaust system.

Inside, the Megane RS 275 Trophy-R has no rear seats, while the driver and the passenger sit on Recaro Pole Position polycarbonate monocoue seats fitted with a three-point seat belt. Still, if you want to feel safer, a six-point harness with aviation-style buckle is available as an accessory, while the retention beam and safety nets comes as standard.

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The Megane RS Facelift was unveiled by Renault back in 2013 at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) but the French company continues its tradition of limited edition Megane Renaultsports and unveiled today the Megane Renaultsport 275 Trophy. For those who don’t know, Renault first unveiled its line of limited edition Megane Renaultsports models back in 2011 when it introduced the 265 Trophy and continued with the Red Bull Racing RB8.

Set to make UK debut at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the new 2015 Megane Renaultsport 275 Trophy has a big mission: to reclaim the title as the fastest front-wheel drive vehicle on the Nurburgring racetrack as it aims to lap the well-known track in under 8 seconds.

Currently, the title is held by Seat’s new Leon Cupra 280, which lapped the Nurburgring in 7 minutes and 58 seconds. The new Megane Renaultsport 275 Trophy is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine that delivers 275 hp at 5,500 rpm and a maximum torque of 360 Nm from 3,000 to 5,500 rpm. Despite these numbers, fuel consumption remains low at 7.5 l/100 km or 37.7 UK mpg.

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Renault is proud to introduce one of the newest members of its performance range -- the range-topping Mégane R.S. Along the with the sporty Megane GT, the Megane RS performance models boast of showcasing the brand’s new design identity – a new bumper panel as well as enlarged Renault logo on the hood over a gloss black background.

The Mégane R.S. sports new headlights that feature gloss black 'eyelids,' thanks to its lens and white comma design. The model’s new headlights amplify the light beam to provide excellent lighting during night.

Renault designed the Megane R.S. to provide optimized driving pleasure with its 2.0 16V 265 engine, limited slip differential, front suspension with an independent steering axis and a choice between two chassis types (Sport or Cup), underlining the fact that the brand’s motorsport technology is well embedded in the Megane R.S.

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Renault unveiled today a special Megane R.S., its second model that will be available in the colours of Red Bull Racing. As expected, the new special limited edition version packs advanced technology. The first visual impact with the car shows the exclusive Crepuscule Blue finish that takes inspiration directly from the race team’s colours, while Red Bull Racing graphics are found at the rear and on the sides.

Moreover, the door handles, F1 blade, door mirror housing and rear lip spoiler are finished in Platinum Grey.

A monochrome laurel is also available on the rear side windows, celebrating team’s 2012 Constructors’ world title. The interior continues the same design found at the exterior and we find Red Bull Racing branding on the numbered aluminium sill guards and carpet mats, on the head rests of the Recaro seats which are trimmed in a new leather and fabrid upholstery.

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Renault is launching the Megane R.S. 250 Australian Grand Prix Limited Edition in celebration of the 2012 Australian Formula 1TM Grand Prix. Renault and Formula 1 TM have been working together for over 35 years to extend the limits of motor sports and technology. Renault has won nine Drivers' world crowns and 10 Constructors' titles since 1977.

In 2011, Renault went back to its core expertise as an engine-provider. For this year, Renault is supplying the engines for four teams, about a third of those on the grid. As part of the Renault's 2012 Australian Formula 1TM Grand Prix activities, the Megane R.S. AGP will debut on March 12 in a race off with Renault Jet Pack Man on the Albert Park circuit.

The vehicle will then be seen at Albert Park in F1 Central for this event, which lasts four days. The Megane R.S. AGP stands out due to its gloss black paint and a fixed glass roof, which was introduced on the Monaco Grand Prix limited edition.

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Mégane Renaultsport continues the success of the multi award-winning 250 product lineup with an improved, new model for this year, packing more torque and power. The new performance flagships from Renault are the Mégane Renaultsport 265 Cup and the 265, which are tagged at £24,825 and £26,025 on-the-road, respectively.

They are now available for ordering. The main enhancement on the second phase of the automaker's halo model is a 15hp improvement on its predecessor and an additional 20Nm torque, which are both released through the vehicle's Renaultsport Dynamic Management program.

The Renaultsport 265 boasts of improved performance statistics, compared to the previous model, accelerating to 62mph from a standstill in exactly six seconds (instead of 6.1), reaching a 158 mph top speed, up by an extra 2 mph.

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Renault’s RS badge has achieved a cult status by being able to turn motors to something truly special. The latest to arrive from this hot badge is the Megane RS 265 Trophy. The chassis of the Megane was modified to become the fastest production-specification front-wheel drive car at the Nordschleife circuit of the Nürburgring.

They achieved the unimaginable – the RS 265 Trophy was able to beat the R26.R’s record. Among the remarkable models from the RS badge are the R8 Gordini, Clio Williams, 5 GT Turbo and the R26.R.

The Megane achieved a time of 8 minutes and 8 seconds, which means that it was able to surpass the record of even the rear-wheel drive cars that deliver more power.

Read the entire article 2011 Renault Megane RS 265 Trophy: official details, photos, specs and price

France’s Gendarmerie Nationale is replacing its fleet of rapid intervention vehicles and has made an order for at least 70 units of the Renault Megane RS. The Gendarmerie chose the Chassis Cup hardcore version, which is equipped with precision elements such as a limited-slip differential and 18 inch rims.

Powering the standard Megane RS is a 2 liter four-cylinder 16 valve engine that uses turbocharging to produce 250 hp and a peak torque of 340 Nm.

The automotive producer said that the engine was “adapted to meet the specific needs of the Gendarmerie in terms of acceleration and speed, which are vital to its work.”

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Finally, a new superhot version of the Renaultsport Megane which is patterned on the three-door Megane coupe will be revealed on March 3 during the Geneva Motor Show to compete with the extreme variant of the latest Vw Scirocco.

This new version will receive special styling and a totally different front end in contrast to the new Megane Trophy racecar unveiled last September at the Paris auto show, although it will adopt the latter's 'aeroblade' styling feature across its air intake vents.

It will come with flared wheel arches and broader tracks in comparison to the regular model. The rear end will receive a totally unique bumper design with an exhaust pipe located at the center.

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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.

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With your purchase of a Renaultsport Megane 250, you will get a high-tech lap timer. The Renaultsport Megane 250 goes on sale in November. At the Frankfurt Motor Show, the Ford Focus RS rival was sighted sporting a Renaultsport Monitor display in the middle of the dashboard. With the timer, the demands put on the engine and "real-time" performance of the unit would be shown.

It also indicates lateral acceleration, 0-60mph times, and lap times. The driver is even allowed to tweak the throttle mapping. Also built in is a gearchange warning light.

The new model comes in either the standard sports chassis or the cup version, which also features a limited-slip differential. Power comes for a turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine, which produces 247bhp and 251lb ft of torque.

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