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.
The third generation of the Renault Megane RS was offered and sold as a three-door unit. However, the French carmaker decided that it would be better to offer and sell the new generation of the Megane RS only as a five-door hatchback, simply because the demand for three-door vehicles wasn’t as good as before. Renault could perhaps be thinking that it would be better to chase the demand for hot hatches, and the Megane RS should be the right product for that.
As for the power source, the new Megane RS will either be served by the Alpine A110 turbocharged 1.8 liter engine or an updated 2.0 liter mill under its hood. Notwithstanding which power unit would be installed under the bonnet of the Megane RS, it is expected that this mill would deliver around 300 hp of output, which would be sent to the wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox or a dual-clutch EDC transmission. Interestingly, the French carmaker has already come up with a new version of its rear-wheel steering system for the new Megane RS, as complemented by a limited-slip differential and sports suspension.
Once it arrives, fourth-generation Renault Megane RS would prove to be a major rival to the Volkswagen Golf, the Civic Type R and the Focus RS.