Renault Megane GT Makes Track Debut at Le Mans: Video
Though it’s nowhere near as quick and powerful as the upcoming Megane RS, the brand-new Renault Megane GT received a fancy track debut at the iconic Bugatti Circuit, the permanent race course that’s located withing the Circuit de la Sarthe.
Unveiled at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, the hatch was showcased at the recent World Series by Renault meeting at Le Mans, where it lapped the Bugatti Circuit with legendary racing driver Jean Ragnotti behind the wheel. For the uninitiated, Ragnotti was a prominent racing figure in the 1970s and 1980s, scoring important victories for Renault in the World Rally Championship and driving in no fewer than eight 24 Hours of Le Mans races.
Based on the new-generation Megane, the GT is a sportier version of the hatch that slots between the standard model and the upcoming RS. Power comes from a turbocharged, 1.6-liter four-pot that cranks out 205 horsepower, only 12 horses fewer than the Euro-spec Volkswagen Golf GTI. The unit mates to a dual-clutch gearbox with no manual on offer. At least not yet.
Sure, as this video shows, the Megane GT is far from being a track racer, but the sporty suspension and the slightly revised aerodynamics should make it a fun car for weekend getaways on twisty roads.