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

Article by Christian A., on August 11, 2017

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.

Remember the patent photos of the Megane RS that were released about a month ago by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)? If you did take a look at them, then you would agree that those images look exactly like the new RS photos in red. The only difference is that the patent images did not have the Renault and RS badges, while the new photos seem to have the complete details the car needs.

Now, what people do not know is what’s underneath the hood, and the performance it provides. We are guessing that the Megane RS will have the same engine as the Alpine A110 coupe and the Espace minivan - that is a 1.8 liter turbocharged mill. However, according to some sources, it might be equipped with a 2.0 liter unit instead.

Though we are uncertain of what is going to go under the hood, what we know is that the engine will be paired with either a six-speed manual or an optional dual-clutch automatic transmission. It has been rumoured that the Megane RS will have an output that plays around 300 horsepower. The Megane RS will come standard with a four-wheel steering system the company refer to as “4Control”, while customers can have either a Sport or Cup chassis. The 2018 Megane RS will also be available in either a coupe or a five-door hatchback style.

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