ALL NEW RENAULT MEGANE RS
The first official image of the car – the all-new 2010 Megane RS – has been revealed. The car is the successor to the popular Megane R26 and it is set to go on sale in Europe next month.
Coming after Megane F1 Team R26 and Megane R26.R, Renault Megane RS profits fully from Renault Sport Technologies‘ extensive experience when it comes to manufacturing production sporting models.
ALL NEW RENAULT MEGANE RS
RENAULT MEGANE RS ENGINE
New Megane Renault Sport is powered by a new-generation 2-litre 16-valve turbocharged petrol engine which boasts maximum power of 250hp (184kW) at 5,500rpm and peak torque of 340Nm from 3,000rpm. The sum of the different improvements made to this engine has produced a gain of 20hp and 40Nm over Megane R26.R which itself emerged as the yardstick in the world of performance hatches. The Renault Sport 2.0 T engine‘s twin-scroll turbo is exceptionally responsive and is particularly flexible at lows revs, with 80 per cent of maximum torque available from 1,900 rpm. Its broad useful rev band makes it a genuine joy to drive in everyday use, and the pleasure remains all the way up to the rev-limiter whenever it is pushed a little harder. The engine of New Megane RS drives through a six-speed manual gearbox.
The new Megane RS is expected to be significantly lighter than the outgoing R26 due to extensive use of lightweight materials in its construction. It should be capable of completing the 0-62mph sprint in less than six seconds and possibly reach a top speed of around 150mph.
RENAULT MEGANE RS SPECIFICATIONS
Renault Megane RS is available with a choice of two chassis: the ‘Sport’ chassis or the ‘Cup’ chassis, which comes with a limited slip differential for even greater traction.
Renault Megane RS has inherited the same suspension arrangement as the current Megane RS. The suspension and steering functions have been separated to ensure a particularly high standard of handling and traction performance.
The electric power steering features specific, sportier calibration and benefits from the latest improvements seen on new Renault Megane aimed at achieving greater precision and even more feedback from the road.
Renault Megane RS is equipped with ESC which is fully disconnectable in order to enable owners to sample the pleasure of enjoying their car’s full potential round a circuit.
Renault Megane RS benefits from undeniably sporty looks. The front bumper incorporates the LED daytime running lights, as well as the splitter which recalls the low-slung nose of the R28 Formula 1 car.
The sporty calling of this Renault Sport-badged model is further emphasized by its 18-inch aluminium alloy rims, central exhaust tailpipe and rear diffuser.
ALL NEW RENAULT MEGANE RS – REAR VIEW