165 hp dCi diesel engine is now an option for the 2017 Renault Megane GT

Article by Christian A., on December 9, 2016

Although specs for the new Renault Megane had already surfaced several weeks ago, we didn’t know that the company has cooked up something new. Aside from the 200hp gasoline, Renault‘s new Megane GT hatchback can now be had with a 165hp dCi twin turbo engine.

The new diesel will be mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission and will also come with an adjustable 4Control steering technology. Renault described the four-wheel control to adapt to the rear wheels’ turn-in angle for better driving and handling. In addition, the spring and damper settings have been calibrated even further to suit the vehicle’s GT characteristics.

Among its new features are the gunmetal rear diffuser, honeycomb grille, newly designed air intakes, improved suspension and four wheel steering. There is also a sportier GT exterior package that comes with perforated leather wrapped steering wheel and dark charcoal sport seats with built-in headrests.

The new Renault Megane GT’s 165hp diesel engine has a combined fuel return of 60 miles per gallon based on the UK mpg scale (or equivalent to 50mpg on the US). The gas variant’s fuel return is at 36mpg/UK or 30 mpg/US. This makes the Megane GT more powerful and fuel-efficient than the Talisman and the Espace’s dCi 160 engines.

If we have to compare some of them in a more detailed way, the 1.6 litre gasoline engine or the SCe 115 is mated with a 5-speed gearbox minus the smart engine management that comes with the rest of the models. This model in particular is capable of up to 115 PS at 5,500rpm and 156 Nm of torque.

On the other hand, they also have the 1.2 litre gasoline that makes 100 PS and produces up to 175 Nm of torque. Both gasoline variants can go from 0-100kph in 12 seconds but the 1.2 engine obviously offers more savings.

As for the Diesel engines, customers can have an option for a 1.6 litre biturbo with 165 PS at 380 Nm of torque. There is another 1.6 litre diesel with up to 130 PS or the 1.5 litre with either 110PS or 90 PS. Meanwhile, the 165hp twin turbo (the most powerful among the diesel engines) is expected to push the vehicle to go from a 0-100kph in 9 seconds.

Customers placing their orders for the Megane GT and GT Estate will now at least have more options as far as engines go. Prices for the new GT hatchback start at €34,300 while the estate version is priced at €35,200. Renault also offers the gas-powered hatchback for as low as €32,200 and €33,100 for the roomy estate variant.

Press Release

The MEGANE GT and MEGANE GT Estate can now be specified with the new ENERGY dCi 165 engine mated to six-speed EDC automatic transmission

The combination of the MEGANE GT’s Renault Sport breeding and 4CONTROL chassis with four-wheel steering ensures incomparable driving enjoyment for a car in this segment. The same technology has already contributed to the success of the TCe-powered versions of the MEGANE GT and MEGANE GT Estate.

Order books for the two new versions open in France on December 6, with cars due to arrive in showrooms in January 2017.

The ENERGY dCi 165 engine: high performance

The twin-turbo ENERGY dCi 165 engine has been specifically tuned by Renault Sport whose engineers were tasked with recalibrating the dCi 160 available for the ESPACE and TALISMAN. The result is an additional five horsepower, while peak torque now stands at 380Nm from 1,750rpm.

The performance of the ENERGY dCi 165 enables drivers to make the very most of the cars’ Renault Sport-developed suspension and 4CONTROL chassis with four-wheel steering for a safe, yet dynamic experience on twisty roads. One hundred times per second, the 4CONTROL system calculates and adjusts the turn-in angle of the rear wheels to ensure stability at speed and manoeuvrability in slower situations.

A versatile sporty car for everyday motoring

The MEGANE GT is a particularly versatile sporty car that lends itself perfectly to everyday motoring, while ride comfort has been enhanced thanks to specific work on the spring and damper settings by Renault Sport.
The driving pleasure delivered by the ENERGY dCi 165 engine combines with NEDC combined-cycle fuel consumption of just 4.6 litres and 4.7 litres per 100km for the MEGANE GT and MEGANE GT Estate respectively.

Renault Sport breeding

The versions of the MEGANE GT and MEGANE GT Estate powered by the ENERGY dCi 165 engine are the latest additions to the model’s line-up which has already benefited from input from Renault Sport:

- The existing GT versions powered by the ENERGY TCe 205 mated to seven-speed EDC transmissions offer crisp mid-range acceleration and maximum torque of 280Nm from 2,400rpm.

- Specific Design Packs available for ZEN and INTENS versions:

GT-Line Exterior Pack for ZEN versions: front and rear sport bumpers with Dark Metal air intakes and honeycomb grille pattern, extra-tinted rear glass, Dark Metal diffuser and chrome exhaust tail pipe, GT-Line badging and 17-inch Decaro alloy wheels.
GT-Line Exterior Pack for INTENS versions: front and rear sport bumpers with Dark Metal air intakes and honeycomb grille pattern, extra-tinted rear glass, Dark Metal diffuser and chrome exhaust tail pipe, GT-Line badging and diamond-cut 18-inch Grand Tour alloy wheels.
GT-Line Full Exterior Pack for INTENS versions: GT-line Exterior Pack + perforated leather-trimmed GT steering wheel with bigger thumb rests, sport seats with extra support, integrated head rests and Dark Charcoal cloth upholstery.

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