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.
We were told before that the Megane will make its debut later this month. It was announced that the Monaco F1 GP program will include a Renault Sport reveal on the 26th of May. So it is highly possible that it will be the Megane that will be revealed since we have nothing else in mind. And after seeing this photo, it seems like the hot hatch is ready for its debut.
Under the hood, the Megane will either be equipped with the Alpine A110 turbocharged 1.8 liter or an updated 2.0 liter unit. Whichever one it will be installed with, the Megane will approximately yield 300 horsepower, powering the front axle through a six-speed manual, and a seven-speed dual clutch automatic.
We are expecting the Megane RS to go on sale by the end of the year, after it makes its debut on May 26. And don’t be surprised if the Megane comes out to be the fastest production car around the Nürburgring. The current record it has to beat is the new Civic Type R’s lap time of 7:43.8.