Our friends over at Drivers Republic have just made a comparison test between two of the most powerful hatchbacks on the European market, Ford’s rally inspired Focus RS and Renault’s wild Megane R26.R. Which hot hatch reigns supreme? You’ll just have to watch the video to find out.
Don’t get too bent out of shape about Renault not selling cars to the U.S. when you see this video. Although the guys from Drivers Republic got wheel time in the 360 hp Megane Trophy, its not road legal in Europe either. On the other hand, 250 hp Megane RS is a reason to be jealous.
Renault will bring the hottest Megane ever at the Geneva Motor Show. First revealed as the Megane Trophy at the Paris Auto Show, the Renaultsport Megane (Megane RS) is now being teased by an official web page that announce the world debut in 13 days. When we lay eyes on the production car next month, we expect the Megane RS will look like a mixture of the Megane coupe and Megane Trophy, likely taking most of the Trophy’s front-end styling.
Although the concept car in Paris featured a 3.5-liter V6 making 360 hp, the production RS will be much tamer. Under the hood Renault will likely place the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine from the current Megane R26. The engine should get a 20 hp bump from its current application to raise the total to 250 hp. That should be good for a 0 to 60 mph time of less than six seconds.
The new generation Megane made in world debut in 2008 at the Paris Auto Show. Sales started from November 2008. The new Megane is being offered with a choice of two petrol engines and six Diesel engines. There are five different versions on the market: Authentique, Expression, Carminat, Dynamique and Privilège. New Mégane Hatch prices will range from €18,400 to €25,600.
New Renault Mégane exudes a sense of robustness and perceived quality. This impression is heightened by the generous surface area and curvaceous forms of the body panels. Seen from the side, the feature line extends the crease of the slightly prominent front wings rearward to emphasize the car’s broad, solid shoulders. The wide track dimensions (1.55m) ensure that the car sits squarely on the road, and this sense of stability is underlined by the steeply-raked rear screen and, indeed, by the entire rearend design. New Renault Mégane’s proportions, the form of the beltline and the large door panels exude a feeling of protection.
Renault New Mégane’s interior is extensively equipped with practical, comfort-enhancing features. These include combined analogue/digital instruments incorporating a new, easier to read colour-coded cruise control/speed limiter interface. The list continues with a host of equipment normally associated with the next segment up, such as hands-free entry and ignition, automatic locking as the driver walks away from the car, a Carminat Bluetooth® DVD navigation system and a custom-developed audio system (3D Sound by Arkamys®).
Press release after the jump.
Missing French cars yet? This may change your mind.
Renault first unveiled the Megane Trophy at the Paris Auto Show, and now there will a production model that will show up at the Geneva Motor Show. The Renaultsport Megane (Megane RS) will look like a mixture of the Megane coupe and Megane Trophy, likely taking most of the Trophy’s front-end styling.
Although the concept car featured a 3.5-liter V6 making 360 hp, the production RS will be much tamer. Under the hood Renault will likely place the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine from the current Megane R26. The engine should get a 20 hp bump from its current application to raise the total to 250 hp. That should be good for a 0 to 60 mph time of less than six seconds.
The new Renault Megane Coupe that was revealed at the Paris Auto Show at the beginning of this month is now featured in the Need For Speed: Undercover starting November 21st.
Mégane Coupé’s sporty, racy looks convinced the developers of Need For Speed to incorporate the new model in the prestigious line-up of exceptional cars featured in the game. The game’s development team sought to reproduce New Mégane’s outstanding performance and handling characteristics as accurately as possible based on information supplied by Renault. The resulting graphics, sense of power and roadholding ability are simply stunning, while the new ’Heroic Driving’ graphic engine ensures a breathtaking driving experience at the wheel of Mégane Coupé which players will be sure to appreciate!
After Renault revealed the three-doors Megane at the Paris Auto Show, they are now busy developing a flagship Renaultsport version to replace the outgoing R26 and to compete with the Golf GTI and Focus ST.
Under the hood Renault will place the current R26’s 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, producing at least 230bhp. It will also be lighter than the current R26 meaning better performances: a 150mph top speed and a 0-60mph time of less than six seconds, plus better economy and emissions.
The third model in Renault’s line-up at the Paris Auto Show is the Mégane Trophy, a concept that takes its inspiration from the lines of new Mégane Coupe.
Under its composite outer skin, new Mégane Trophy features the same mechanicals as the current car, including an FIA-homologated sports-prototype tubular chassis, a mid-rear V6 3.5 24V engine, a semiautomatic gearbox with steering wheel-mounted paddle shift, double wishbone suspension with adjustable dampers and 18-inch wheels and Michelin tires.
A new inlet manifold, which is fed by roof-mounted air-ducts, has taken engine power from 330 to 360hp. Renault claims that the aerodynamic gains and the extra power output of the V6 3.5 24V engine will enable new Mégane Trophy to lap in times similar to those of a Porsche GT3.
To all those who are drooling over this now, remember even if the Trophy does make it to production, Renault is still keeping its hand out of the North American market.
Press release after the jump.
Renault unveiled at the Paris Auto Show the production version of the Mégane Coupé Concept unveiled at the Geneva Show in the spring of 2008.
New Renault Mégane Coupe is equally inspired by the passion associated with the automobile. Its extremely dynamic frontal-styling looks feature a grille comprising two outer air-scoops picked out by a satin-finish chrome trim that runs either side of logo, as well as a central air-intake incorporating a mattblack crossbar. The headlamps, which prolong the lines of the two air-scoops, provide the vehicle with a strong, clear personality. The crease lines of the bonnet sweep up the bonnet to the windscreen pillars and continue via the raked windscreen and sloping roofline to produce a particularly dynamic silhouette.
The dCi 85 and dCi 105 engines, which have been widely praised for the performance and driving pleasure they deliver, have been joined by the dCi 90 and the particulate filter-equipped dCi 110. Every one of these engines emits less than 120g of CO2/km (118g/km for dCi 85 et 90, 120g/km for dCi 105 and 110) while the new dCi 130 profits from the dCi range’s most advanced technology in terms of combustion and turbocharging to return CO2 emissions of just 135g/km.
Depending on market, the petrol range available for New Mégane and New Mégane Coupe will comprise the 1.6 16V 110hp, as well as the 2.0 16V 140hp and the TCe 180. The 2.0 16V will be available from launch with a six-speed manual gearbox, while continuously variable transmission will be introduced with this powerplant at a later date. Renault’s latest petrol engine, the TCe 130 will be added to the catalogue in the spring of 2009.
actually this is more of a photoshop job than a spy shot, but it should give a pretty good idea of how the future Megane III RS Sports will look like. The RS version of the Euro-only Renault will likely feature an air extractor, a central exhaust, a guard on the ground or lowered rims 18-inch wheels.
While not much is currently known about the car, we’ll keep you up to date when new details come in.
After unveiling the 2009 Megane, hatchback version, here are the renderings of the 2010 sedan version. It is expected that the sedan to be unveiled at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show.
There will also be a station wagon and a coupe version of the Megane coming in the near future.
The 2009 Megane will make its world debut next month at the Paris Auto Show, but, as usual, it couldn’t remain a secret until its official debut; the Spanish web-page KM77 revealed the first official images today. The 2009 Megane’s design is inspired by both the Megane Coupe Concept and the new Laguna.
No word yet on what will power Renault’s bread and butter small hatch, but more info should become available as we get closer to the Paris Auto Show.
Although Renault does not currently sell cars in the U.S., it does share a partnership with Nissan. So it’s always good to keep tabs on Renault, because you never know what may show up on these shores wearing a Nissan badge.