Spy photos indicate that an AWD Renault Megane RS could be coming

Article by Christian A., on December 13, 2016

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.

Well, the Megane RS test mule was spotted with a companion. No, not another Renault test mule, but a rival small car from German carmaker Volkswagen. And it is no other than a Volkswagen Golf R hatchback – in blue finish -- featuring VW’s 4MOTION all-wheel-drive system that could transfer torque between the front and rear wheels. Yes, Renault is benchmarking the 2018 Megane RS against a Golf R. It is quite awkward and somewhat futile to benchmark an FWD unit against an AWD car as they have different capabilities and driving attributes. So, if Renault is employing a VW Golf R as a benchmark, it is reasonable to believe that the Megane RS test car itself is an AWD.

In addition, the Megane RS test car spied in Sweden dons temporary wheel arch extensions – which are actually grey plastic add-ons. These add-ons could well indicate that that Megane RS would have wider tracks – something that an AWD model could have.

To better tell whether the Megane RS spotted in Sweden is an AWD model, it would be much better to look underneath the small car and look if there is a rear driveshaft in the rear hub. Such component would well confirm that a Megane RS AWD could be on the way, if its development goes well. Of course, the original FWD variant of the Megane RS is here to stay.

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