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PostHeaderIcon Renault Megane

Renault has been selling the current Megane unchanged since the current generation was launched back in 2016. Then, it attracted a lot of attention with its bold LED daytime running lights, wrap-around rear light clusters (that almost created a full-width light bar) and upmarket-feeling interior with its large portrait-style touchscreen infotainment screen.

Now, the manufacturer has brought the Megane in for its midlife makeover, in order to keep it looking fresh and to bring its look in line with that of newer models in the range (like the all-new generation Clio subcompact). The facelifted Megane features redesigned headlights (with a different but equally bold LED signature), a revised grille and front bumper, as well as a new rear light cluster design; the rear bumper may also be different, but if so, then the difference is so subtle we can’t really spot it.

Its interior has also been updated, but the biggest change can be found under the revised Megane’s hood. Hybrid and plug-in hybrid powertrains will be offered for the first time, as Renault continues the quest to electrify as much of its range as possible – this was to be expected, though, since the new Clio can also be had as a hybrid, so electrifying the Megane was a logical next step.

PostHeaderIcon Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R

The 2019 Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R is about as close as it gets to being the cap stone for the front-wheel drive hot hatch pyramid. It is the most extreme version of the current Megane RenaultSport and it makes the regular model look tame and watered down by comparison.

It is the even more extreme version of the Megane R.S. 300 Trophy, which, in turn, is more hardcore than the base Megane RenaultSport. The 300 Trophy already has plenty of go-faster mods, such as a standard Torsen limited-slop differential, a stiffer suspension setup complete with trick dampers that feature a hydraulic bumptstop, as well as bigger brakes and extra power extracted out of its 1.8-liter turbo four-cylinder.

The Trophy-R takes things a step further: most of its performance gain comes from the weight shedding of 130 kilograms (286 pounds) and some enhanced aero. Renault engineers also removed the 4Control four-wheel steering system not only to make the car lighter, but to also give it a more consistent feel when driven quickly around a track. This and other mods result is a car that currently holds the front-wheel drive lap record around the Nurburgring Nordschleife, which is no surprise, because that’s what it was designed to do (and also be the quickest and most focused vehicle of its type).

It’s also definitely got future classic written all over it. Only 500 examples will be made, all with a manual six-speed gearbox, stripped out interior (with a deleted back seat) and unique graphics. The high asking price might put some off it, but for those hardcore enthusiasts who are willing to spend more than 50 percent more on a Trophy-R than they would on the regular RenaultSport Megane (in order for the car to come fitted with the Nürburgring Record Pack), the difference will be worth it.

PostHeaderIcon The Limited-Edition Megane R.S. Trophy-R is the King of Pure Hatchbacks and Compact Performance

The Renault Megane has a rich history and purists love this car for its performance-oriented drivetrain and that it can be chucked around corners with ease. The latest iteration is the Megane R.S. Trophy-R. This little pocket-rocket recently added a badge to its accolades by becoming the fastest ever front-wheel-drive production car to have lapped the Mecca of circuits – the Nurburgring – in 7 minutes and 40.1 seconds. For your information, this is a limited-edition car and only 500 of the same will be produced. Need we say anything more?

PostHeaderIcon Watch a Volkswagen Golf R Go Head-to-Head With a Porsche Boxster GTS and a Renault Megane Trophy RS

The term “performance car” has taken on an entirely new meaning these days, so much so that even small compact hatchbacks can be identified as a performance car if it, well, performs like one. Take the Volkswagen Golf R and the Renault Megane RS Trophy, for example. You wouldn’t think of them as pocket rockets when you first see them, but they’re more than capable of turning your world upside down if you underestimate their performance capabilities. The all-wheel-drive Golf R and the front-wheel-drive Megane RS Trophy are bullets wrapped in an automotive body. But can they actually beat a car that was bred to be a performance savant like the Porsche 718 Boxster GTS?YouTube channel carwow sought to find out, and the results were, shall I say, interesting.

PostHeaderIcon The 2019 Renault Megane RS Trophy R Just Killed the Civic Type R’s Nurburgring Record

Renault’s performance division, Renault Sport, is a name synonymous with hot hatches, and its latest offering, the 2019 Megane RS Trophy-R, is a reminder why that is. The new lightened, track-focused Megane RS has just beaten the Honda Civic Type-R around the Nurburgring, stealing the front-wheel-drive crown from the Japanese manufacturer.

PostHeaderIcon Renault Mégane R.S. Trophy

The Renault Megane was most recently redesigned in 2016. Sportier than ever on the outside, it gained a modern interior with the latest tech and a range of revised engines. Two years have passed since then and Renault finally gave the fourth-generation Megane the long-awaited Trophy treatment.

Crafted by the Renault Sport division, also known as R.S., the new Trophy replaces the R.S. 275 Trophy model that the French firm offered between 2014 and 2017. Naturally, the new Megane Trophy is not only more aggressive on the outside, but it’s also more powerful. As usual, it’s built on the race-bred Cup chassis, which makes it a road-legal race car. The 275 Trophy-R holds track records for FWD cars on many circuits, including the Nurburgring, Suzuka, and Fuji. Will the new Trophy set new benchmarks? Probably. But until that happens, let’s have a closer look at its design and drivetrain in the review below.

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PostHeaderIcon All Changes Contrived by Renault Sport To Brew The Hardcore Megane RS Trophy

I can only infer that the importance of hot hatches in Europe is on par with the importance of muscle cars in the U.S. They are a must-have for every company that wants to do any business there. Renault and its division – Renault Sport – always did a really good job in this department with the overachieving Clio RS and Megane RS cars. Today, a new one emerged. Following the habits of the past, Renault Sport revealed the new Megane RS Trophy. It’s a car based on the regular RS but bathed with small tweaks to make it ever so faster, hardcore, and slightly meaner. It is a track weapon that tackles the monstrosity of the Honda Civic Type R, or the sophisticated gem the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport is. I will go even further and give Hyundai the courtesy of joining this exclusive group with its stunning Hyundai i30 N. I am fairly certain that the Megane RS and the Megane RS Trophy are fighting for supremacy with it too.

This is the most powerful production car Renault Sport has unveiled up to this point. The RS 1.8-liter turbocharged engine has been tuned with F1 tech and is now producing 296 horsepower. This is not the end of it as I suspect the Megane RS Trophy-R will come sometime in the future.

PostHeaderIcon Renault Wants to Crash Honda’s Civic Type R Lap Record World Tour

The Honda Civic Type R has held the lap record for front-wheel drive cars at the Nurburgring, but previous record-holder Renault looks to be lining up a crack at reclaiming the record from its Japanese rival. The French automaker is currently developing a new Megane RS Trophy, which is reportedly carrying at least 300 horsepower. If that ends up being the case, it could end up having the power and performance chops to displace the Civic Type R in the record books.

PostHeaderIcon The Renault Megane RS Is Quick to 60 mph, but it’s a Turd in the Top End

We’ve praised the new Megane RS up and down. It’s attractive, it’s sporty, it’s got the proper interior appointments, and it stands out in a crowd where models like the Ford Focus RS and Honda Civic Type R thrive. With that said, its spec sheet doesn’t disappoint either. 276 horsepower and 288 pound-feet of torque isn’t exactly something to sneeze at, at least not coming from a car this size anyway. But, engine size matters; transmission gearing matters. And, that’s painfully evident in this acceleration and top speed test put together by AutoTopNL.

From the start, things look good; the RS manages to hit the 62.1-mph barrier in around 5.8 seconds. That’s just 0.9 seconds slower than the Civic Type R and 1.1 seconds faster than the Ford Focus RS, both of which are more powerful. What happened after that run to 60 is what’s a bit discerning. It was able to run to 140 from nil in around 27 seconds, which again isn’t bad for a car with this kind of power, but beyond that, this thing is the definition of a turd. So much so that in the first attempt the driver couldn’t even hit the RS’ top speed of 155 mph. He got close, at 152, but never made it to the top of the hill.

The driver did manage to hit a top speed of 155 mph, but it wasn’t until he slowed down to 140 mph, then jumped on it again, spending 46 seconds in the process – again, that’s a turdishly slow as it gets. It’s like the car just loses all motivation beyond 135 mph or 140 mph. So what’s the reasoning behind this? Well, first off, that little 1.8 liter starts to fall off in a major way beyond 5,000 rpm. Second, it’s pretty clear that the transmission is geared more for top speed than acceleration from third on up. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it’s a tactic to provide a high top speed on paper without having to mention that it has a significant effect on mid-to-high-range acceleration.

Either way, this video is very telling of what you can really expect from the new Megane RS. It’s not a bad vehicle by any means, but it’s probably not going to win any acceleration contests – not now, and not ever. Well, unless you do some serious modification. And, in that case, by all means, please send us some video.

PostHeaderIcon Wallpaper of the Day: 2016 Renault Megane

Renault introduced the world to a new-gen Megane for the 2016 model year, and it’s the best move the company has made in a long time. It came complete with a revitalized look that shed the woes of yesteryear with a lot of new DNA. The weird rear end was replaced with something more modern while the front end got much sportier. The interior was improved tenfold as well. And, the best part is that there’s a model for everyone. You want economy? You can roll with a 90-horsepower diesel engine. Or you could opt for the 110 or 130 horsepower diesel. On the gasoline front, there’s an economy smart 100 horsepower mill or a 130-horsepower mill. If you have a thirst for more power, though, you could opt for the 205-horsepower engine. Either way, it’s an attractive proposition, and it certainly fits right into the hatchback market. And, it’ll make a great desktop wallpaper too, so we’ve hand-selected one of our favorites. If it’s not good enough for you, though, you can grab one from the gallery below too. Go ahead; there’s plenty to choose from!

PostHeaderIcon Renault Explains How the New Megane R.S. Came to Be

We already know that the hot hatch segment is one of the most competitive scenes in the entire auto industry. Whether it’s the Volkswagen Golf GTI, the Ford Focus ST, or the new Hyundai i30 N, there’s no shortage of competitors looking to become the best of the best. The Renault Megane RS also belongs on this list. It just so happens to that Renault is ready to unleash the next-generation model with an ace up its sleeve: four-wheel steering.

“The short video documentary detailing the Megane RS’ creation gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the development phase of the Megane RS”

It’s not exactly four-wheel drive, but the system does make the next-gen Megane RS more nimble to drive, allowing it to easily push through corners. Four-wheel steering is just one of many new options Renault has for its new pride and joy. The short video documentary detailing the Megane RS’ creation gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the development phase of the Megane RS.

The 4Control system is arguably one of the most important additions to the hot hatch. It works in two different ways depending on how fast the Megane RS is going. If the car is going at speeds of up to 37 mph, the rear wheels turn in the opposite direction of the front wheels. But if the car is pushing well above 155 mph, all four wheels turn in the same direction. This setup gives the Megane RS more flexibility on a race track. The system also works with hydraulic compression stops located within the shock absorbers at the front and rear axles, creating extra damping in the process. If this tech sounds familiar, it’s because Renault adopted it from rally cars.


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“The Megane RS also gets the same 1.8-liter turbocharged engine that the Alpine A110 sports car has at its disposal”

Move beyond this new features, and you’ll see that the Megane RS also gets the same 1.8-liter turbocharged engine that the Alpine A110 sports car has at its disposal. This engine is capable of producing 280 horsepower and 288 pound-feet of torque, more than enough to contend with its rivals. Even better, Renault also has plans to introduce a Trophy-spec model sometime in the latter part of 2018. That model is expected to have as much as 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque at its disposal.

Watching the short documentary makes it easy for us to understand why Renault continues to push itself in this segment. It’s all about striving to be the best, and when you have rivals that are perpetually in their “A” games, there’s no other option but to aim for that level too.

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PostHeaderIcon Renault Megane R.S. Is Proof that the French Need to Return to America ASAP!

After no fewer than eight years on the market, the third-generation Megane was finally replaced in 2016. The redesign brought a significantly more modern vehicle in showrooms, as well as proof that Renault can deliver pretty cars. Of course, the company’s most recent design language looks appealing on just about any nameplate that uses it, but the Megane is particularly attractive due to its balance, hatchback body style. For more than a decade now, a new Megane was always followed by a redesigned Megane R.S., so it’s far from surprising that Renault brought a new rendition of its performance hatchback at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

With the hot-hatch heavily based on the standard Megane and most R.S. features borrowed from the existing Clio R.S., the new Megane R.S. is far from surprising if you ask me. I mean, it’s just like I imagined it and all the recently launched R.S. features are there. This isn’t a bad thing though. On the contrary, the new Megane R.S. is stunning to look at, and I think it trumps everything else in this segment styling-wise, including the Volkswagen Golf R and the Ford Focus RS. Okay, so maybe the Focus RS is hard to beat, but the Megane R.S. is still cool enough to get us frustrated over the fact that Renaults aren’t available in the United States.

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Renault Megane RS – First Leaked Photos

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RenaultSport is currently bang in the middle of their teasing campaign for the new 2018 Renault Megane RS, so they won’t be liking this very much. The object of their teasing has now been completely revealed, albeit in leaked patent images, and the mystery is no more. 

Thanks to this act of mild industrial espionage we now know that the 2018 Renault Megane RS, thank goodness, is not all cutesy and adorable like its predecessor. It’s become sharp and angular and aggressive. It looks like it’s out looking for a fight, which is exactly what a proper hot hatch should look like. The new bumper features air intakes apparently modeled on Rocky’s mouth and there are side strakes like you get on an Aston Martin or stuff like that. The rear end is also cool,what with a large diffuser, extra vents and a large central tailpipe. But we have to say those signature Renault taillights are a bit of a let down.

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Technical specifications are yet to be confirmed for 2018 Renault Megane RS, but the French have already let us know the new hot hatch comes with a choice of Sport or Cup chassis and with manual or dual-clutch transmissions, plus 4Control all-wheel steering. The new Megane RS is no doubt going to be the most exciting car Renault has launched in recent memory, with the exception of the new Alpine A110.

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Renault Megane RS Comes with Four-Wheel Steering

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Renault Sport revealed today another delicious piece of information about the upcoming 2018 Renault Megane RS hot hatch and even gave us a glimpse of the design. The new RS is the first Renault, and the first hot hatchback, to get four-wheel steering. 

Renault calls this system 4Control and it offers enhanced agility, cornering performance and steering precision by enabling the car’s rear wheels to assist in steering by means of an electromagnetic actuator mounted on the rear axle. The 2018 Renault Megane RS will also offer a choice of Sport or Cup chassis, and manual or dual-clutch transmission. So whatever your inclination, this hot hatch will probably be able to satisfy your needs.

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In terms of design, though shown here in camo dress, 2018 Renault Megane RS seems positively sporty but just a tad on the fat side.Hopefully it is only the looks and doesn’t mean the car is actually that heavy. You can also see the design of the head and taillights, and though we’re digging those cool RS LEDs up front, the rear lights make the whole thing look like a baby Koleos. The new Megane RS will make its debut at the IAA in September but we will definitely get a good look at it long before that.

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PostHeaderIcon Renault Megane R.S.

Renault Shifted the Megane into a new generation for the 2016 model year, bring about an all-new look that was more refined and sportier than ever. For 2018, it was time to introduce the all-new Megane R.S., a model that puts the rest of the hot hatch segment in check with its wide stance, unique body lines, commanding front end, and a motorsport-inspired, functional rear diffuser. And, at around $37,000 at current exchange rates, it’s an affordable proposition as well.

PostHeaderIcon 2018 Renault Megane RS Set for Frankfurt Debut

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Turns out the new Honda Civic Type R is not going to enjoy being  the hottest hot hatch around, because Renault will soon reveal this, the new 2018 Renault Megane RS. They have just released a cool teaser announcing the Frankfurt Motor Show in September as the venue for the global debut of the car. But before that we’re going to see the new RS in action at Monaco GP. 

The 2018 Renault Megane RS will get an elaborate dynamic drive at the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix weekend with Nico Hülkenberg driving the car on the street circuit. The debut RS will be dressed in the traditional RenaultSport colors of yellow and black.

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As for the specs and details of the 2018 Renault Megane RS itself, the French remain tight-lipped on that for now, only revealing that the new RS utilizes F1 technologies and is more dynamic and more efficient than all its predecessors as seen in the teaser video above. There has never really been a bad Megane RS, even though sometimes the new technologies they implement on the car make the traditional fans of the car quite mad. But we are excited all the same to see what sort of performance figures the new hot hatch boasts. Will it be able to tear the Type R a new one? Or will it have to be content competing with lesser rivals?

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PostHeaderIcon Renault Megane R.S.

Renault has been pretty successful lately, with 2016 marking the debut of the fourth-generation Megane, which can now be had as a five-door hatchback, four-door sedan, and as an estate. Things are about to get a little juicier in the Megane stable, however, as we’ve just received some pictures of what we believe to be the Megane R.S. prototype putting in some work on public roads. Right now, the car is wearing all the gear of the Megane GT, but there are a couple of clues that give this model away as a prototype – like those center-mounted exhaust outlets poking out of the rear bumper, for instance.

The exhaust outlets aren’t all we have to go by, but we’ll get more into that later. For now, we have some very interesting possibilities to consider. First, let’s start off by saying that the Megane R.S. will only be available as a five-door hatchback since Renault has no plans for a coupe variant of the Megane, so there’s that. Secondly, we think Renault might have the Focus RS in its sights, and if so, the Megane R.S. will likely inherit an all-wheel-drive system to make it a true competitor. Furthermore, Renault also has a unique opportunity to put the Focus RS in its place if it can manage to muster up more than 300 horsepower.

Of course, the model you see in the pictures here is just a prototype that was cobbled together out of a Megane GT, so let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. For now, let’s take a look at these new pictures, talk a little about what we’ll see in the future, and make some predictions based on what we see and already know. Join me, just a little farther down the page.

Update 3/30/2017: Renault Sport just hit one million Facebook followers, so it saw fit to release a special video to celebrate. At the end, however, there was a little surprise. Check out the special section in our review below to see what it’s all about.

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PostHeaderIcon New Renault Megane Sport Tourer Headed for Geneva Debut

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Renault announced today the debut of a new estate version of the Megane set for debut at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show. To be launched in Tourer GT form, the new Renault Megane Sport Tourer blends dynamism with practicality and style.

Mind you, it’s Megane’s interpretation of style which has always been unique and never a subject of unanimous applause. But if you like this uniqueness, you’re going to find the 2017 Renault Megane Sport Tourer rather charming.

Among the highlights of the car’s design lending it a more dynamic look we can mention the chrome trim around the side windows and C-pillar, matte-finish anodised aluminium roof bars, a chromed exhaust tail pipe and a sculpted diffuser, and of course the signature C-shaped head lights. 

As for the technology features, Renault Megane Sport Tourer comes with the firm’s 4CONTROL system tailored for the tourer, which according to Renault reuslts in “precise, dynamic handling on twisty roads and generates genuine driving pleasure.” Details of the powertrain and equipment level will be announced closer to launch later this year.

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PostHeaderIcon Renault Mégane GT

It could be said that Renault invented the hot hatch. The Renault 5 Alpine did debut a few months before the Volkswagen Golf GTI, and even if VW’s offering is currently more popular worldwide, Renault has always offered some strong contenders for the European market. The latest, which was just unveiled at the Frankfurt Auto Show, is the Megane GT. It’s not the fire breathing monster that Renault’s RS hatchbacks are, but it is closely related while making some compromises in the name of practicality and usability, not to mention price.

Renault’s hot hatches have only at times directly competed with VW’s, usually being just different enough from the GTI that it wouldn’t be too diffiuclt a decision to pick one over the other. That is very much not the case with the new Megane GT, which is aimed squarely at the 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI, and indeed the whole Megane line is of late more of a direct competitor to VW. Renault has always done hatchbacks extremely well, but it’s difficult to ignore the fact that VW has a big share of the hatchback market, especially the hot hatch market, and Renault seems to be gunning to take that away.

Updated 09/23/2015: We’ve added a series of new photos we took at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Find them in the “Pictures” tab.

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PostHeaderIcon Rendering: 2017 Renault Megane RS

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Thanks to our favorite rendering artist X-Tomi Design we don’t have to wait a long time for car makers to get around making different variants of a new model they’ve just launched. Tomi boy usually gives us a look at those models within hours of said model’s debut. So here’s what the next Renault Megane RS will almost certainly look like, rendered based on the official pictures released yesterday.

The speed at which Tomi puts out these renderings does not mean he doesn’t put any thought into them. He’s a real pro and known the specifics of every make of car by heart. So his depiction of the 2017 Renault Megane RS seems pretty much spot on, what with the custom Renaultsport bumpers, larger wheels, dropped ride height (because Cup chassis), even the color.

What Tomi cannot comment on at his moment is what sort of punch the new Megane RS will be packing. Renault is yet to announce the specs and details of the normal model, so it’s too soon to start speculating about the RS engine. We would like to see a beefy 2.0 liter turbo in there, but the way things are these days, they could also go for a 1.6 and make up for lack of oomph by lightening the car.

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