The long-awaited 2018 Renault Megane RS has finally made its way to the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, after having been the subject of several spy photos and leaks. The Megane RS is definitely among the most-liked C-segment hot hatches as it comes with a number of technologies – including a turbo gasoline engine with two new transmission options.
It comes equipped with a 1.8-liter turbocharged gas motor with direct injection, like the one in the Alpine A110 sports car, instead of the older 2.0-liter turbo. This engine works with either a six-speed manual or a dual-clutch six-speed automatic transmission that includes paddle shifter and launch control, giving power to the front wheels. All this enables the Megane RS to carry out as much as 280 horsepower (205 kilowatts). It will also come with standard 355mm front discs with Brembo calipers that customers can swap for optional bi-material cast iron and aluminum discs.
But that’s not all that it can do, as customers can opt for the Megane RS Trophy version that should be out before 2019. This variant will have a little more power, giving out 300 horsepower (224 kilowatts). It is too early to provide numbers for the acceleration and top speed of both the regular and the Trophy variant, but stay tuned as we will probably find out by December this year.
The automaker’s engineers made sure that whoever is behind the wheel can control all that power with the front wheels, through the help of the steering mechanism and the chassis. Furthermore, they developed two new features just for the RS - a 4Control four-wheel steering system, and a front and rear hydraulic compression stops. The Megane will also have chassis setups like the Cup and Sport, where the Cup will be offered with a limited slip differential.
So far, the Megane RS is only available as a five-door hatchback, and it will feature Renault’s Multi-Sense system, letting the driver choose between five driving modes - Comfort, Normal, Sport, Race and, Pro. This gives the driver the freedom to confidently drive the car everyday, and in different conditions.
Safety features and personal assist features come standard with the Megane RS. This includes adaptive cruise control with emergency braking, lane departure warning, blind spot warning, reversing camera and park assist. Each one of these may be applied in different types of situations.
The 2018 Megane RS came to Frankfurt in a beautiful orange livery, that definitely makes it stand out from the rest. By early next year, customers will be able to place their orders for the Megane RS.