Introducing the Renault Megane R.S.
Introduced in 2004, the original Renault Megane R.S. became an instant hit with driving enthusiasts, who enjoyed its potent performance and beautifully balanced chassis.
Then, in 2010, the French giants introduced the second generation R.S., which boasted even more performance alongside a unique chassis design that helped the driver deploy the power of the 2.0-litre turbocharged engine with conviction.
The latest generation Megane R.S. builds on the success of its predecessors with some of Renault's most advanced engineering to date. A brand new engine has been brought in, which couples with the new underpinnings to do one thing: boost your adrenaline.
Engine and Performance
Motorsport runs through the genes of the Megane R.S., which is reflected in the two engine choices that Renault have engineered.
Each engine is derived from a potent 1.8-litre four-cylinder unit, which has been paired with a twin-scroll turbocharger for instant pick-up when you accelerate.
The standard R.S. 280 comes with a 280 bhp version of the engine, while the more track-focussed R.S. Trophy gets boosted up to 300 bhp. As a result, 0-62 mph is dispatched in under 6 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph is achievable.
Driving enthusiasts will be pleased to hear that a 6-speed manual gearbox comes as standard. However, a quick-shifting EDC automatic transmission is available for those who want a racing inspired experience.
Chassis and Handling
The Megane R.S. has been widely recognised by a number of reputable publications as the hot hatchback that sets the benchmark for handling.
Renault have introduced a system called '4Control', which gives the fast Megane the ability to steer using all four wheels. As a result, you have better agility at lower speeds and crisper turn-in when you start gathering momentum.
Opt for the Trophy (or Cup chassis pack on the regular R.S. 280) and you get notably stiffer suspension and the inclusion of a limited-slip differential. Combined, these mechanical changes gift the driver mind-bending levels of grip in both tight and sweeping corners.
Sitting underneath the lightweight wheels are a set of stoppers from one of the world leaders in braking technology: Brembo. These brakes combine with the 355 mm discs up front to provide confidence-inspiring stopping power.
Technology and Drive Modes
A great deal of attention has been paid to maximising the performance on tap, while simultaneously enhancing the experience for the driver.
The 4Control system mentioned above is certainly impressive. However, Renault have also installed hydraulic bump stops in the shock absorbers, which maximise the tyre's contact with the road by minimising the effects of rebound.
Renault give you the option to change the driving mode via the 'Multi-Sense' button. Select between Comfort and Normal for everyday driving, or choose the more aggressive Sport or Race modes if you want some additional spice in your life. 'Perso' allows you to mix-and-match and is ideal for setting the car up to suit your driving style.
The Multi-Sense button also influences the sound of exhaust by adjusting a valve in line with the mode you have selected. Quiet or rowdy, you decide.
Megane R.S. Models
Potent in the delivery of its power and incredibly engaging to drive, the Megane R.S. 280 is everything a hot hatchback should be.
- Renault MULTI-SENSE (choice of 5 driving modes including Race mode)
- Sport chassis with 4 hydraulic compression stops
- 4CONTROL system with 4-wheel steering for increased safety
- Pure Vision Full LED front headlights with integrated C-Shape indication
- R.S. Estoril Gun Metal Grey 18” alloy wheels
- Cruise control with speed limiter
- R.S. sports seats with integrated headrests
- 7” TFT meter with colour matrix with Renault Sport custom display
For the driving enthusiasts who want to squeeze every last ounce of performance from their cars, the R.S. Trophy is the ultimate weapon of choice.
Specification highlights (in addition to the R.S. 280):
- R.S. Jerez triple tone 19” alloy wheels
- Dual sound exhaust valve system
- Ceramic ball bearing turbo system
- Cup Chassis including: limited slip differential, red brake calipers, stiffer springs, dampers and anti-roll bar
- R.S. Leather and Alcantara™ steering wheel with R.S. badging
- Bi-Material brakes
- Renault Sport Monitor
- Lithium battery
Experience the Renault Megane R.S.
Inspired by rallying and their Formula One racing team, Renault's Megane R.S. is an exceptional hot hatchback in every guise. The engine combines old-fashioned fun with modern technology for a memorable experience, while the chassis continues to impress with its agility.
All-in-all, we would highly recommend a test drive in you're in the market for a new hot hatchback, which you can do at your nearest Evans Halshaw Renault retailer.