Renault reveals hot new Megane RS — FRANKFURT MOTOR SHOW

The big news is the French hot hatch and Volkswagen Golf GTI rival follows in the Clio RS tyre tracks by dropping its three-door ‘coupe-style’ body

As you've probably already guessed, the new Renault Megane RS isn't coming to the United States.

Instead, the latest Megane RS will only come in the more practical five-door body style - but don't let that put you off because the more family-friendly hatch is far from tiresome featuring a body that has been heavily modified with the single aim of boosting performance and lowering lap times.

New 18 and 19-inch wheels fill the wider arches. At the front, a Formula One-style front blade finished in gunmetal grey and chequered flag LED fog lamps have been incorporated into the bumper design.

Renault has not announced the dynamic characteristics of new items.

Meanwhile behind the front wheel arches are large extractor vents that help suck turbulent air out reducing lift at high speed
Meanwhile behind the front wheel arches are large extractor vents that help suck turbulent air out reducing lift at high speed

Laurens van den Acker, Renault's Senior Vice President, Corporate Design said "no longer can we think of auto design in isolation from the ecosystem surrounding us, or from the evolution of major changes like electric energy use, connected and autonomous drive technologies that influence our lives as we move from place to place". This is the same motor that appeared in new Alpine A110 coupe, but it has been tweaked to develop 276bhp at 6,000rpm and 390Nm of torque from 2,400rpm. Renault cites more than 34mpg and 155g/km CO2. Customers will get a choice of 6-speed manual gearbox or 6-speed EDC automatic. An RS Drive button provides a shortcut to Sport and Race modes.

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. However, Renault claims that 4WS is a first for the hot hatch segment. The system allows the rear wheels to turn up to 2.7 degrees, delivering more stability and agility. A Torsen limited slip front differential is offered with the Cup chassis.

European order books open for the Megane RS in December 2017 with the first Australian cars expected in early 2018. Derived from motorsport, they are designed improve comfort and body control by reducing the amount of rebound from the suspension. "The cabin can either be specced with a "'carbon fibre weave" finish, or festooned with Alcantara. Sales begin next year; rivals are all priced at about £30,000 so expect the Megane to join their ranks, starting at about £29,000.

What do you think of the new Renault Megane R.S.?

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