The new Renault Megane RS is an impressive car, built to arouse your driving instincts while being efficient despite high performance.
With wings extended by 60 mm, special bumpers featuring a Formula 1 blade at the front and a wide diffuser at the rear, the new Megane RS sits squarely on its 19-inch wheels. The front end features LED lights with the additional multi-reflector RS vision system. It includes a central exhaust exit, side extractor vents and a wide lip spoiler with exclusive orange tonic bodywork – clearly designed for sporting performance.
As soon as you see the interior featuring carbon grey with touches of red you want to get behind the wheel. The Renault Megane RS invites you to take to the road with Alcantara sports seats designed for support, a leather steering wheel and personalisable dashboard. At the same time, the short gear shift and aluminium pedal assembly take you into a new dimension – the world of RS sporting performance.
Involved in motorsports for 40 years and still counting, Renault engineers trialled the solutions featured on the new Megane on the track. Building on the infinite legacy of an exceptional championship, through efficiency, braking quality, reinforced roadholding and powertrain reliability, along with on-board telemetry, steering wheel paddles and launch control. The Megane RS features a new version of the 1,8-litre direct injection turbo engine, derived from Alliance synergies. This version develops a power output of 205 kW at 6 000 rpm and peak torque of 390 Nm available from 2 400 to 4 800 rpm. Renault Sport’s engine specialists designed a completely new cylinder head, with a reinforced structure and more efficient cooling. Work also focused on the Twin Scroll turbocharger, to improve torque at low revs. To increase the supply of cool air to the engine, the air intake was redesigned with the addition of a second air inlet and a new, larger filter. The engine has also been given surface treatments taken from the world of racing, such as Diamond Like Carbon for the valve lifters and Mirror Bore Coating for the cylinder sleeves. The Megane RS benefits from the know-how of Renault Sport in adapting motorsport technologies to production sports vehicles. It features a range of driving aids for any type of road and any situation. A suspension with hydraulic compression stops allow the shock absorbers to absorb impact better. This technology delivers spectacular results in terms of progressive control, comfort and performance.
4CONTROL technology contributes to incisive steering and optimised roadholding for a precise, surefooted drive. At low speeds, the system turns the rear wheels in the opposite direction to the front wheels. At speeds of over 60 km/h (100 km/h in Race mode), all four wheels turn in the same direction.
The new Megane RS is sporty but reliable. With its many driving aids, the Megane RS allies sporting performance with safety. It also features parking sensors, overspeed warning and emergency braking assistance.
For more information contact BB Polokwane Renault on 015 287 1300 or visit their showroom at 21 Excelsior Street.
Story: RC Myburgh