2018 Renault Megane Renault Sport hot hatch revealed with 276bhp

The new Renault Mégane Renault Sport is powered by a 1.8-litre engine with 276bhp and 288lb ft, but the manufacturer says all of the performance deficit for the competitors, will be more than compensated by the car with four-wheel steering.

The 4Control technology is claimed to be the mobility and stability of the car, its competitors include the Honda Civic Type R, Ford Focus RS and the new Seat Leon Cupra R, all of which have more than 300 HP. increase

“Matching four-wheel steering, the biggest decision we had to make was,” said Renault Sport boss Patrice Ratti.

“We have a lot of studies and simulations on the computer and then put [the system] on the previous generation Mégane RS] a mule, and to judge what was possible.

“What was clear that we had two options: a car without it, and to incremental improvements in every area over what had gone before, or the car and make a step change in terms of improvements. The benefits go over each area of the car dynamics, we have to revise to be able to, dampers, diffs, steering, and much more.”

The four-wheel steering which allows the rear wheels to turn up to 2.7 degrees, improves the Mégane RS is the turning circle at low speeds, provides greater all-round agility and improved stability at higher speeds. The additional stability, which in turn allows the use of a smaller and therefore more responsive steering ratio. There are also some mimics the role of the anti-roll bars, allowing for a different, more rear-biased chassis set-up. The system is already in GT on sale with the Mégane, although it has been adapted for the Mégane RS.

Renault has confirmed that the RS on 0-62mph in less than six seconds, but are not revealed to any other power, or the prices, which are beyond stressed the engine flexibility, with a maximum torque from 2400 to 5000rpm. Peak power comes at 6000rpm. The points on the acceleration, on a par with its competitors, but not eclipse. Ratti said: “At no point, the team has sacrificed fun – what agility means for top speed. This is never our goal.”

The engine is derived from the 1798cc, aluminium-block unit, in the new Alpine sports car, but the increased power has been achieved mainly through the use of a different turbo and cylinder head, the latter of which was developed in conjunction with the Renault formula 1 team.

Ratti said: “The F1 Teams experience in the development of high-performance parts is fast amazing – they accomplished in a week what would have taken us five or six weeks because of its simulation know-how.” The device rev limit is 7000rpm.

The new Mégane RS is also offered with a choice of Sport or Cup chassis and an automatic EDC gearbox or a six-speed manual transmission. Most buyers are expected to have either the most concentrated Cup and manual gearbox combination, or the wider skills of the Sport /EDC coupling. As such, the car has been optimized to make such decisions. The manual transmissions use the same tried-and-tested gear from the previous-generation car, while the toe unit has been completely redesigned.

In addition, the sports chassis is sold with 18 inch 235 profile wheels and the Cup with the 19-inch 245-wheels as standard, and with light alloys as a further option on the larger wheel, the saving of 1.8 kg, and the improvement of the cooling. Buyers can choose either wheel size, but the Auto set-up was optimized to the standard. The Cup car comes with a full mechanical limited slip differential set-up for force transmission between the wheels, while the Sport will deal with the suspension by using an electronic system to slow down the brakes to a spinning wheel. An electronic LSD system was as for the Cup car, but as a “too complex”. A manual is standard for all cars is to brake.

Ratti said: “The revenue split is 50/50, Sport and Cup, but this will vary enormously between regions.” He stressed that European buyers prefer the more performance-oriented set-up, while buyers in Asia, including Japan, Renault Sport, the fifth – largest market, just behind the UK – favour a softer set-up and automatic transmission.

The Renault is able to offer the options, because of its Alliance with Nissan, there is access to the relevant technology – something that is not possible, the EDC-only Clio.

All Mégane RSs four driving modes: Comfort, Normal, Sport and Race. In the latter setting, on the Cup car, the stability control system is switched off completely, although the electronic braking system remains with the sport suspension.

Ratti also a Trophy version of the Mégane RS is confirmed to be developed, with 296bhp and 295lb ft, in the vein of the trophy and R26R-launched models, with the previous-generation car. It’ll keep the owner’s manual and the EDC gearbox, the decisions of the regular car, while the Cup chassis and 19-inch wheels bolted to light weight aluminum wheel hubs. An attack on the Nürburgring record for front-wheel-drive cars, it is expected that with the trophy, possibly by the end of 2018.

“As long as we make the car faster and still playing by the rules, then we will try, the best times,” confirms Ratti. “But, as I say again and again, I would never have pleasure in exchange for speed – we have goals we need to achieve. But a RS Trophy car is quite interesting.”

The sales of the Megane RS starts in the spring of next year, with prices expected to start around £ 30,000.

Styling

The core styling team was taken over by the mainstream Mégane project, and focuses on those areas that could complement the objectives of engineering. The front and rear track of 60 mm and 45 mm, respectively, are wider than the standard Mégane, the arches are bubbles, which is built-in with air-openings at the rear and a rear diffuser. The rear spoiler is a narrow flag for a sportier look, and the front fog lamp designed to mimic a target.

A new logo

The rear of the car do not bear the Renault name, the RS-flag-logo of yesteryear. In a new double-diamond-comes-badge, inspired by the logo that adorned the R12 Gordini steering wheel in the 1970s.

Engine

Renault Sport engineers are proud of the performance they have extracted from the 1.8-litre unit, even if it is not broke, the headlines 300 HP-plus figures of the rivals. You say that 153bhp per litre and 160lb ft per Liter of pressure are full enough, and you expect the gain response and the previous peak delivery times outweighs the larger numbers.

Exhausted

The Central air exhaust means, the car-race-inspired looks. The noise from the exhaust can also be pumped into the cabin to the gain of the Turbo-engine note, although this feature can also be turned off. Renault promises it will pop and crackle during shifts and lift-off.

Orange Paint

Renault Sport has a history of vibrant colors, especially in yellow. This time, the choice is Volcanic Orange and is described as “complementary” to the previous yellow. It took one-and-a-half-years of development and you come to a modest price premium.

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