The 2018 Renault Megane RS Gets Four-Wheel Steering and 276 HP

The 2018 Renault Megane RS Gets Four-Wheel Steering and 276 HP

The Megane RS gets a new look for 2018, with newly styled bumpers and headlights, as well as a new interior.

New 18 and 19-inch wheels fill the wider arches.

The aggressive styling continues at the back where a central exhaust sits with the rear diffuser.

Which start with a new direct-injection 1798cc turbopetrol four, its cylinder head designed with combined input from Renault Sport Cars and Renault Sport Racing Formula 1 engineers, a high-capacity dual-intake air filter and a new twin-scroll turbo. Renault has also added a new paint colour called Tonic Orange to the options list.

Continuing with tradition, Renault has also confirmed that a more focused Trophy version of the Megane RS will follow around one year after the car's initial launch.

The RS comes with the choice of a Sport or Cup chassis and an auto or six-speed manual gearbox.

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Renault is set to release full performance figures later today but, thanks to claimed "class-leading" power-to-weight ratio, the small hot hatch should hit 100km/h in 5.8 seconds and top out at more than 250km/h.

The independent steering axis front suspension has been revised and stiffened, and eded created to cater for New Renault Mégane R.S.'s new geometry and is stiffer than before, four-wheel steering is standard on both Sport and Cup chassis, while motorsport-derived hydraulic front and rear compression stops prevent violent bottoming out.

The Megane RS will also be available with both a Sport chassis and a hardcore Cup chassis with all versions coming with all-round hydraulic bump stops.

As well as the choice of suspension, the Renault Sport flagship will also come standard with configurable driving modes, with drivers able to select an Eco, Normal, Sport or Race modes. The R-LINK 2 system features a new RS Monitor, which tracks and records the car's telemetry and driver performance.

European order books open for the Megane RS in December 2017 with the first Australian cars expected in early 2018.

Inside, the bucket seats can be finished in Alcantara or a carbon fibre weave pattern and come fitted as standard.

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