After months of speculation, countless spy photos and more news pieces citing an ‘inside source’ than you could poke a fresh baguette at, the 2018 Renault Megane RS has made its eagerly anticipated world premiere at the Frankfurt Motorshow.
Despite speculation that the Renault would utilise a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine like most of its hot hatch rivals, the third-generation Megane RS will feature an all new turbocharged 1.8-litre engine with 205kW at 6000rpm and 390Nm of torque from 2400rpm. The new figures represent a substantial increase on the outgoing Megane RS which produced 185kW/320Nm from a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder.
In lieu of all-wheel-drive, the front-wheel-drive RS will be equipped with Renault’s 4CONTROL four-wheel steering system. The Cup Spec RS- set to be released down the line- will feature a new torsen limited slip diff.
For the first time, buyers will be able to choose between a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed EDC dial-clutch transmission. But, before purists start steaming their tweed jackets in anticipation of some precision shifting, it should be noted that Renault are yet to specify whether both variants will be offered in Australia.
In addition to the RS exclusive “Orange Tonic” paint job, the Megane RS is 60mm wider at the front and 45mm wider at the rear than the standard Megane and can be optioned with either 18 or 19inch wheels.
Renault are yet to confirm pricing for the Australian market, however expect it to be less than $50,000 in an effort to tempt buyers away from the hugely popular Golf GTI.