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2016 Renault Mégane

2016 Renault Mégane
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Compared to other hatchbacks in the industry today, the Renault Mégane can be considered a neophyte, having only been around since 1995. In fact, if Renault hadn’t thought of developing a model to succeed the popular Renault 19, the Mégane probably wouldn’t exist today. Yet here we are, 20 years and four generations later, the all-new 2016 Mégane has arrived, ushering in a new era for the steadily improving hatchback.

The fourth-generation Mégane made its debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. It shares the same mid-sized car platform as the 2015 Nissan Pulsar, but unlike its rather mundane-looking cousin, the new Mégane looks about as sharp as any hatchback in the market today. That’s largely attributed to the car receiving Renault’s new design DNA, a characteristic it shares with the 2016 Renault Talisman, the French automaker’s equally exquisite new mid-size luxury sedan. Gone are the days when the mere sight of the Mégane lulled people to sleep. No one’s going to have that problem with the Mégane because this is the Mégane we’ve all been waiting for.

Now that it’s here, the Mégane’s future looks brighter than it’s ever been in the last 20 years. If the hatchback rides as good as it looks, there’s no telling what heights this model can reach, especially when the RS versions come roaring into our lives down the road.

Updated 09/22/2015: 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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2018 Renault Mégane R.S. Trophy

2018 Renault Mégane R.S. Trophy

Renault Sport’s most aggressive hatchback yet!

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

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

It is the most powerful production car from Renault’s Sport Division

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.

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

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

The new Megane RS is gunning for the Nurburgring FWD lap record

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.

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

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

An acceleration test shows just how limited that 1.8-liter really is

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.

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2018 Renault Megane R.S.

2018 Renault Megane R.S.

The go-faster Megane is here and it’s glorious!

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.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2016 Renault Megane

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!

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

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

French automaker has its signs on the hot hatch title

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.

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

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

More powerful Trophy version also underway

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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2017 Renault Megane Sedan

2017 Renault Megane Sedan

Renault finally has a proper sedan in its lineup

The Renault brand has been doing well in recent years, with the brand’s revenue, operating income, profit, total assets, and total equity all well in the green at the end of 2015. For 2016, Renault ushered in a new generation of the Megane hatchback and, to be quite honest, it is the Megane the world has been waiting for. The hatchback is now longer and wider than before, which gives it an awesome stance, new exterior light units, and interior design cues from the 2016 Renault Tailsman. A total of six engines were available at launch ranging between 90 and 205 horsepower, depending on configuration. The standard Megane was the first to be announced and was followed by a GT and an Estate version, and not the company has just announced the Megane Sedan.

As a sedan, the car features the same front end as the hatch along with an identical side profile up to the rear doors. After that, the sedan takes on its own styling cues. The big news is that the Sedan features panoramic roof which, according to Renault, isn’t available on any vehicle in this segment. The sedan will be produced at the Bursa plant in Turkey and will be sold in at least 20 countries. As such, it will have a decent range of engines consisting of two gasoline mills and two diesel mills that offer up between 90 and 130 horsepower, depending on market.

With that said, let’s take a look at the new Megane Sedan and talk a little about it in the review below.

Update: 07-16-2016: Now that Renault finally has a proper sedan, we decided to put together a short video to cover all the highlights of the brand’s latest edition. Click play on the video above to learn more about the Megane Sedan.

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2016 Renault Megane Estate

2016 Renault Megane Estate

Comes with a GT-spec model and four-wheel steering

The fourth-generation Renault Megane made its debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. It shares the same mid-sized car platform as the 2015 Nissan Pulsar, but unlike its Japanese cousin, the French hatchback is quite exciting to look at thanks to the brand’s new design DNA, which debuted on the Talisman midsize sedan. The new Megane also received a new GT version, which is not as powerful as the RS, but features a sportier body kit and a dual-clutch gearbox. With the entire hatchback lineup already in dealerships, Renault has introduced the Megane Estate at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.

Essentially a longer version of the hatch with extra legroom for rear-seat passengers and a bigger trunk, the Megane Estate will look to give wagon versions of the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus a run for their money. With a dynamic, elegant design, fuel-efficient engines, technology usually found in higher segments, and a sporty GT variant, the new Megane Estate is a significant departure from it predecessor. But does it have what it takes to take the iconic Golf Variant down in Europe? Read our review to find out.

Updated 03/07/2016: We added a series of new images plus full specifications details on the new Renault Megane Estate.

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2017 Renault Megane Sport Tourer

2017 Renault Megane Sport Tourer

This is the season for cold weather testing, which is exactly why our photographers have been busy snapping spy shots. Just recently, we got pictures of the 2019 BMW 3 Series, the upcoming Peugeot 3008, the 2017 Audi A3 Hatchback, and we even got a glimpse of the 2018 BMW X5. Today, I am coming to you with new spy shots – this time we have pictures of what we believe to be the next Renault Mégane Sport Tourer.

The Sport Tourer is under heavy camo in these images, but it still looks like it shares a lot of the same design cues of the 2016 Renault Mégane Hatchback that was recently revealed back at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Well, that is until you get to the rear doors, and after that, the Sport Tourer takes on its own look. We aren’t aware of any set schedule of the Sport Tourer’s official debut, but with the Mégane Hatchback hitting showrooms soon, the Sport Tourer probably won’t be far behind.

Until we get the chance to see it without all of that deceptive camo, we at least have these spy shots. So, let’s take a deeper look at what we can see through the camo and what we can expect when Renault does lift camo off of this sporty wagon.

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Evo Drives The Renaultsport R.S. 01: Video

Evo Drives The Renaultsport R.S. 01: Video

Renault may be more associated with mainstream cars and the occasional hot hatchback, but those who really know Renault are aware that there’s more to the French automaker than meets the eye. For one, its ties to the world of motorsports racing run deep. Some people might even say that Renault is a pillar in the racing scene as it has been involved - and succeeded - in top-tier racing for decades. Just as important is the well-known belief that Renault has one of the best breeding grounds for up-and-coming racers in the entire sport. All these things make the company a titan in the field, and with creations like the 2015 Renaultsport R.S. 01 race car, it’s place in the racing world isn’t going to be forgotten anytime soon.

The R.S. 01 can be best described as a proper race car. EVO seems to agree with that assertion, which is why it dedicated its latest YouTube video solely on the high-tech racer. There are a lot of things that can be taken out of the channel’s review of the car, including the unfiltered reactions of driving the car around the race track. Those are all important items that I’m not going to spoil for anybody who plans to watch the video.

What’s important is what the R.S. 01 has meant to Renault, both as a manufacturer and as a motorsports team. Sure, the company is involved in a lot of racing disciplines, including Formula One. But for my money, the launch of the R.S. 01 back in 2014 was really the first time in a long time that people saw what the company was capable of when the challenge of building a race car was presented to it.

The results certainly speak for itself. In addition to its concept-car looks, the R.S 01 is also teaming with state of the art technology, highlighted by a carbon fiber tub that helps the car weigh just 2,425 pounds. Combine that with a NISMO-prepped, 3.8-liter, V-6 engine - the same twin-turbo engine that can be found under the hood of the Nissan GT-R - that produces more than 500 horsepower and over 443 pound-feet of torque, and you have a race car that checks off every requirement one might have for the perfect racer.

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Renault Megane GT Makes Track Debut at Le Mans: Video

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.

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2016 Renault Mégane GT

2016 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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2016 Renault Mégane

2016 Renault Mégane

Compared to other hatchbacks in the industry today, the Renault Mégane can be considered a neophyte, having only been around since 1995. In fact, if Renault hadn’t thought of developing a model to succeed the popular Renault 19, the Mégane probably wouldn’t exist today. Yet here we are, 20 years and four generations later, the all-new 2016 Mégane has arrived, ushering in a new era for the steadily improving hatchback.

The fourth-generation Mégane made its debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. It shares the same mid-sized car platform as the 2015 Nissan Pulsar, but unlike its rather mundane-looking cousin, the new Mégane looks about as sharp as any hatchback in the market today. That’s largely attributed to the car receiving Renault’s new design DNA, a characteristic it shares with the 2016 Renault Talisman, the French automaker’s equally exquisite new mid-size luxury sedan. Gone are the days when the mere sight of the Mégane lulled people to sleep. No one’s going to have that problem with the Mégane because this is the Mégane we’ve all been waiting for.

Now that it’s here, the Mégane’s future looks brighter than it’s ever been in the last 20 years. If the hatchback rides as good as it looks, there’s no telling what heights this model can reach, especially when the RS versions come roaring into our lives down the road.

Updated 09/22/2015: 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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2015 Renault Megane Renaultsport 275 Cup-S

2015 Renault Megane Renaultsport 275 Cup-S

The increasing popularity of hot-hatches in Europe has given rise to an arms race of sorts among automakers in that part of the world. At the forefront of this is the Renault Mégane Sport, aka the Mégane RS. Bursting to life in 2004, the Mégane RS has become one of the most highly regarded hot-hatches in the world, including being named the “best hot hatch” by both What Car and Top Gear. Now Renault has launched the Mégane RS 275 Cup-S.

The launch of the Mégane RS 275 Cup-S paints a bright future for a hot-hatch segment that is suddenly welcoming a bunch of these cars into the fold. In addition to the Mégane RS 275 Cup-S, the 2016 Volkswagen Golf R and the 2016 Ford Focus RS are two other models in search of some bragging rights.

Supercars and sports cars will still be the preferred vehicles for those looking for high-powered joy rides. But hot-hatches like the Mégane RS 275 Cup-S are proof that customers can still satisfy their appetites for speed without having to dig too far down into their wallets.

The Renault Mégane RS 275 Cup-S will make its official debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show.

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Renault Megane 275 Trophy Out For A Spin: Video

Renault Megane 275 Trophy Out For A Spin: Video

There are a lot of cool cars we’re not getting here in the United States for one reason or another, and the 2014 Renault Megane 275 Trophy is one of them. Just like the 2014 Seat Leon SC Cupra 280, the Megane 275 Trophy is an amazingly quick hot hatch and, as of 2014, the fastest front-wheel-drive vehicle around the Nurburgring track. At least the limited-edition Trophy-R is, because the regular production model is a bit heavier and lacks some of the racing goodies that come with the "R" badge. Either way, the 275 Trophy is the race-bred hatch the Volkswagen Golf R isn’t, although the German isn’t bad either.

While we won’t get to drive it unless we travel to Europe, the folks over in mainland Europe or the Great Britain have no trouble in purchasing the 275 Trophy and taking it to the track. For those of you still not convinced of the Trophy’s cool factor, there’s a brand-new review coming from XCar that you might want to watch. I know French cars have a lousy reputation in the U.S., but this video has what it takes to prove that the Megane 275 Trophy is a Renault like no other; one that we desperately need here in the States.

There’s only one downside to it, besides the fact that we can’t buy it, of course. Its €38,000 French sticker, which converts to around $47,300 as of 11/28/2014, makes it awfully expensive. For that kind of dough, there are a lot of cool sports cars you can by on this side of the pond. Very few of them benefit from race-bred technology like the 275 Trophy though. Hit the play button above to spend nine minutes with the fastest FWD car around the ’Ring.

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Renault Sets 7:54 Record At Nurburgring

Renault Sets 7:54 Record At Nurburgring

Renault has just regained its Nurburgring record as the fastest production car with front-wheel-drive. As promised earlier this year, the French automaker stormed the German track and lapped the Nordschleife in less than eight minutes with a brand-new iteration of the Renault Megane RS.

The new benchmark was established only a couple of months after Spanish manufacturer Seat put the Leon Cupra atop the front-wheel-drive record list. The hatchback lapped the German course in 7:58.4, stealing a record that has been with Renault for about three years. Renault’s previous accomplishment was achieved with the Megane RS 265 Trophy, a sportier, 265-horsepower version of its Euro-spec C-segment vehicle.

Now, the French reclaimed their Nurburgring crown by using an updated version of the Megane: the RS 275 Trophy-R. Make no mistake though, it’s not the same hot hatch we met last month. The vehicles might be similar in appearance and sport the same engine under the hood, but that extra "R" added to the moniker means the record car is even lighter than the exclusive, limited-run hatch.

What sets the two apart, you may ask? Stick around and you’ll find out.

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2014 Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy

2014 Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy

About a month ago French automaker Renault revealed plans to break the eight-minute mark around the Nurburgring track with a front-wheel-drive vehicle prepped by its performance arm, Renault Sport.

Our first thought went toward a beefed-up version of the Megane as soon as we saw the first teaser shot released by Renault. Now that the vehicle has been finally unveiled, we got confirmation that the French have been working on a new iteration of the RS Trophy.

Developed specifically to regain its Nurburgring record from the Seat Leon SC Cupra 280, which lapped the iconic track in 7:58.4 minutes, the Megane RS 275 Trophy will be sold as a limited-edition hatchback with exclusive features and a slightly more powerful engine.

Renault has yet to announce whether the new Megane Trophy managed to restore its rule on the "Green Hell" and it appears we’ll have to wait for an official statement on June 16. Until then, let’s have a closer look at the hot hatch we won’t be seeing in the United States, where Renault isn’t likely to return too soon.

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Renault Sport Plans a Sub-8-Minute Nurburgring Lap

Renault Sport Plans a Sub-8-Minute Nurburgring Lap

Lapping the Nurburging in under seven minutes has become a regular occurence among the most powerful supercars is one of those companies that’s vying for that record and it’s prepared to break that mark with a new campaign to finally lap the Nurburgring in under eight minutes.

The company’s performance arm, Renault Sport, is preparing a car that has one purpose in life: setting a sub-8-minute lap and reclaim the record set by the Mégane Trophy in 2011 when it clocked a time of 8:07.9.

That time has since been broken by the Seat Leon Cupra 280 last month when it clocked a time of 7:58.4, making it the first front-wheel-drive production car to clock a lap time of under eight minutes. But Renault isn’t prepared to concede the record just yet, so the company has a new campaign with the social media hashtag #Under8 to reclaim the record.

What’s become very clear is that Renault is leaving no stones unturned in this new pursuit, enlisting the help of companies like Michelin, Akrapovic, Öhlins, and BRM to help it break the Leon Cupra 280’s record. The company has made no announcement on the car it will use for this record-breaking attempt, but all signs seem to point to a new and improved iteration of the Megane.

Renault Sport has set a timetable for a June attempt at breaking under eight minutes and if there’s one thing we’ve come to know about automakers and their bragging rights, the company will treat this attempt with the seriousness it deserves.

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Video: Gaming Vs Reality On The Race Track

Video: Gaming Vs Reality On The Race Track

Ant lover of racing games has wondered at on time or another just how close the game is to real racing. Imagine, taking the same car you are using in the game and putting it head-to-head with the real car on the real-life version of the track you are racing on; what a fantastic idea, right?

To date, we have never seen this test, but the folks over at Viagame did just that in order to find out which crosses the finish line first, the virtual racer or the real-life on..

To perform this crazy test, they recruited one of Sweden’s best gamers and put him in a Renault Mégane Red Bull Edition with gaming system installed in it. They then took a real-life race car driver and put him in the driver’s seat of the Renault and headed for the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona to see who wins.

Check out the above video to see who wins, it’s pretty neat to see real versus virtual in a head-to-head battle.

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2014 Renault Megane Coupe-Cabriolet

2014 Renault Megane Coupe-Cabriolet

Renault’s recent unveiling of the Megane lineup at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show was a welcome surprise, not only for its customers, but for the Megane itself. If that car could talk, it probably let out a huge shriek the moment Renault decided to give it that much-needed facelift.

Now, it’s the Megane Coupe-Cabriolet’s turn and like the top-range RS 265 we saw at Frankfurt, the Megane CC comes with an all new face that made use of the company’s new design philosophy and in doing so, threw away the bland, happy-to-be-there look of its predecessor.

It’s a lot more dynamic and nicer to look at, even though it still doesn’t blow you away. Then again, Renault will take its spoils, one small increment at a time. And it’s not like the coupe-cabriolet market is rife with competition these days. The Volkswagen Eos, a key competitor, is on its way out and the Mazda MX-5 Miata, despite its popularity, has been around longer than a lot of the Bieb’s Beliebers have been alive.

So it’s a good time for Renault to give the Megane CC a facelift. Hopefully for the French brand, it translates to more sales, too.

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2014 Renault Megane RS 265

2014 Renault Megane RS 265

Renault unveiled at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show the new family of Megane models, topping the lineup with the high-performance version: the Renault Sport 265. The model received an updated exterior look that includes a new hood and headlights, plus some elements inspired F1 technology.

If you remember, a special edition Megane RS 265 Trophy smashed the Nurburgring record for front-wheel-drive cars back in 2011, and it was to expected for the new Megane R.S. to pay tribute to that model. From the Trophy model this new Megane R.S. borrows a few design elements, like the 19-inches wheels wrapped in the same Bridgestone high-performance tires used to set the world record.

The model comes equipped with limited-slip differential, front suspension with an independent steering axis and a chassis offered in two configurations — Sport or Cup — allowing the driver to enjoy it at its full potential.

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2013 Renault Megane RS Red Bull RB8 Edition

2013 Renault Megane RS Red Bull RB8 Edition

A few days after Citroen introduced a special-edition RCZ Coupe to the masses, its French sister from another mother, Renault, introduced its own.

This one, though, has been a yearly tradition for the French automaker (at least since last year) owing to its partnership with Formula One’s Red Bull Racing team.

This is the Renault Megane RS Red Bull RB8 Edition. You might recall that last year, Renault released a similar special-edition version for the 2013 Megane RS called the Red Bull RB7 Edition.

One of the most distinctive features of the new special-edition Megane is the Crépuscule Blue finish of the car, the same colors adorning the Red Bull RB8. Keeping with the theme of the model, Red Bull Racing graphics adorn the rear and the sides of the limited-edition car. Platinum Grey details on the F1 blade, door handles, door mirror housing and rear lip spoiler, as well as a monochrome laurel on the rear side windows that celebrate the team’s 2012 Constructors’ world title round out the exterior treatment of the Megane RS Red Bull RB8.

Inside, there are more of the same distinctive features, including Red Bull Racing branding on the numbered aluminum sill guards and carpet mats, as well as Renault’s R-Link and R.S. Monitor 2.0. Also inside are Recaro seats trimmed in an all-new fabric/leather combo with Red Bull Racing logos embroidered on the headrests.

As with any Megane RS, this special edition comes with a 265-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that twists out 250 pound-feet of torque. This is enough to get the hatchback up to 62 mph in 6 seconds and up to a top speed of 158 mph.

The model is expected to be sold in 26 countries at a price of €36,000, which is about $46,300 based on current exchange rates.

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2013 Renault Megane Estate GT 220

2013 Renault Megane Estate GT 220

Renault has just added a new Megane Limited Edition to its lineup for those customers who want to combine the practicality of a station wagon with sporty performance. The new model will be initially offered in France and will then move on to 11 other markets from Europe to Japan — sadly it won’t make it to the U.S.

The new Megane Estate GT 220 is powered by a Renault Sport 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that delivers a total of 220 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque. The engine is combined with a Stop/Start function that helps it deliver a respectable 32 mpg.

This model will ride on the same sport chassis as the Megane R.S. and will be offered with a sport-tuned suspension, performance brakes, and specifically calibrated electric power steering.

Customers will identify the Megane Estate GT 220 special edition by its gloss-black touches on the door mirrors, diffuser, front air scoops, and roof bars. If those extra gloss-black accents aren’t a dead giveaway, the "GT 220" badges sure will give it away. This model will be offered with an exclusive set of gloss-black 18-inch "Serdard" wheels. On the interior, it will add a specific steel gear lever knob and a numbered "GT 220" plate.

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2012 Renault Megane RS Red Bull Racing Edition

2012 Renault Megane RS Red Bull Racing Edition

Shortly after releasing the Twingo RS Red Bull Racing RB7 and the Clio RS Red Bull Racing RB7, Renault is continuing to expand its Red Bull Racing Edition line-up with a new special edition, this time based on the Megane RS. Sales for the Renault Megane RS Red Bull Racing Edition will be available in 24 countries across Europe and will begin in late Summer 2012.

The special racing edition of the Renault Megane is painted in a very cool Etoile Black exterior color combined with the contrasting use of Renault’s Sport’s emblematic Sirius Yellow for the F1-style front blade, door mirror housings, and diffuser. There is also a black checkered flag pattern decal on the roof and a Red Bull Racing logo on the sides.

For the interior, Renault is offering Recaro bucket seats, a specific gear lever knob, and a numbered plaque. The special edition will also come with a Cup chassis, a limited slip differential, and red brake calipers as standard, as well as an R.S. Monitor that takes its inspiration from the on-board telemetry systems seen in motor racing. This system allows purists to adjust the parameters of the driver aids and benefit from the display of data on the dashboard.

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2015 Renault Megane SUV

2015 Renault Megane SUV

Most people may not remember the Captur Concept Renault unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show - we didn’t either - but AutoExpress refreshed everyone’s memory by reporting that this concept was actually a preview for a new Megane SUV that will be added to the French company’s line-up starting 2015. The Renault Megane SUV will serve as a competitor for models like the Peugeot 3008 and the Nissan Qashqai.

The new Megane SUV will be built thanks to the recent collaboration between Renault and Nissan. It will share most of its design components with Nissan. The SUV will combine design elements from the DeZir concept car, the ZOE electric hatchback, and the recently unveiled Alpine concept car.

Under the hood, Renault will place both petrol and diesel engines, including a 113bhp 1.2-liter turbo and a Nissan 1.6-liter turbodiesel combined with both six-speed manual and dual-clutch auto transmissions. The model will only be offered with a front-wheel drive system.

Prices for the Renault Megane SUV will start from about $25,000.

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2012 Renault Megane Coupe-Cabriolet Floride

2012 Renault Megane Coupe-Cabriolet Floride

Renault has announced the special edition Megane Coupe-Cabriolet Floride, a model that was inspired by the classic 1960’s version. Just like that model the new Floride edition will be offered in France only with classic Floride Ivory livery, while for the rest of Europe the company will also offer a red exterior paint.

The Floride Ivory paint is combined with a high-gloss, piano black panoramic roof and standard-equipment 17-inch Sari aluminium alloy diamond-effect wheels also finished in ivory. The car’s name casted in a chromed 3D font typical of the era is also visible on the lower bodyside just ahead of the rear wheel arches.

The beauty of the exterior is combined with the elegance of the interior. The car gets seats fully upholstered in red leather, with the side bolsters picked out in ivory, the steering wheel is wrapped in two-tone red/ivory leather, while the dashboard is finished in red with an ivory trim strip.

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2013 Renault Megane

2013 Renault Megane

Renault unveiled the third generation Megane in 2008 and, although experiencing some great sales, is now up for a little refreshing. Renault isn’t planning anything big, but the Megane will receive just enough changes to keep the vehicle current and relevant in the market. The first prototypes for this refresher - a five-door hatchback and the Gran Tour - were recently caught doing some hot weather testing in Southern Europe.

Despite the heavy camouflage, the facelift Megane can be seen with a bigger lift that will incorporate the new Renault family look, a slightly modified bumper, and new graphics on the rear lights. These will more than likely be the only changes the hatchback will see. The engine lineup will stay the same, meaning customers can choose between the usual petrol and diesel engines. That being said, rumors are suggesting that the Megane will also be getting a new 1.5 liter four-cylinder turbodiesel engine with an output of about 110 HP.

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2011 Renault Megane RS 250 Monaco Grand Prix Limited Edition

2011 Renault Megane RS 250 Monaco Grand Prix Limited Edition

Renault’s resident hot hatch, the Megane RS 250, has been the subject of numerous special edition models in the past. Now you can add one more. The French automaker has officially released details of the latest limited run Megane RS 250, the Monaco Grand Prix Limited Edition.

Each model comes with plenty of aesthetic upgrades, justifying its label as a true special edition model. The Pearlescent White paint finish strikingly complements the piano black trim on the car’s side mirrors, rear diffuser, and fog-lamp surrounds. The special edition model also features a panoramic roof, bi-xenon directional headlights, and a set of 19" alloy wheels with matching Brembro brakes and red calipers.

Inside, the additional styling cues include a black-and-white leather trim with white accents on the center console, dash-strip, and door handles. Finally, both the sports seats and floor mats received a special stitching bearing the name ’Monaco GP’.

Despite the extensive work done on the car’s exterior and interior, Renault left the powertrain unchanged, which means that you’ll still be receiving the same R26-sourced 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with an output of 250 horsepower and 251 lb/ft of torque.

Only 50 models will be made of the Renault Megane RS 250 Monaco Grand Prix Limited Edition, so if you’re interested, you might want to grab a piece before the well dries completely.

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Renault Megane RS 265 Trophy smashes Nurburgring front-wheel drive lap time record

Renault Megane RS 265 Trophy smashes Nurburgring front-wheel drive lap time record

It’s only been a short time since the Renault Megane RS 265 Trophy’s official launch and it has already added a very impressive achievement to its record; it established an amazing Nurburgring lap record for a front-wheel drive vehicle with a time of 8 minutes 7.97 seconds. The previous record was held by the Megane Renaultsport R26.R which completed the lap in 8 minutes and 17 seconds on June 23, 2008.

The time posted at the Nürburgring puts the Mégane Renaultsport 265 Trophy on a completely new level of performance that allows the vehicle to be put alongside supercars with power outputs at or greater than 500 HP. This was done with an extra 14.7 HP (11kW) on tap, careful set-up work, and specific Bridgestone RE 050A (235/35 R19) tyres chosen by RenaultSport engineers. These things, plus the vehicle’s "carefully-tuned Cup chassis, the dampers, the fade-resistant brakes, the Recaro seats, the power of the 265hp engine, the ready availability of torque between 2,500 and 5,000rpm" is what development driver, Laurent Hurgon says helped achieve the new record.

In Hurgon’s words: "The Nordschleife is a legendary course. Its length and layout, which is very different to that of a conventional circuit, make it a unique and technically demanding challenge. Its difficulties are extremely varied, ranging from fast and even very fast in places to much twistier and slower portions. Turns like ‘Karusell’ and ‘Pflanzgarten’, for example, make huge demands of the car and driver alike, yet Megane Renaultsport Trophy is very much in its element here and feels particularly reassuring despite the uncompromising nature of the terrain."

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2011 Renault Megane RS 265 Trophy

2011 Renault Megane RS 265 Trophy

Renault has unveiled the Megane Renaultsport (RS) 265 Trophy - the company’s fastest ever road going model. The special Megane will make its world debut at the World Series by Renault at the Nurburgring next weekend and will be limited to only 500 units. It will only be sold in specific countries in Europe and will be priced from €35,500 (or about $52,000 at the current exchange rates).

Compared to the Mégane Renaultsport 250 model, the new RS 265 Trophy model delivers an extra 15 HP, will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 6 seconds, and will be capable of a top speed of 158 mph. It will feature some very impressive equipment including a Cup chassis, Recaro seats with yellow seat belts and detailing, 19" Speedline alloys in gloss black with red rim, standard Liquid Yellow i.d. metallic paint, ’Trophy’ red decals on F1-style front blade and doors, LED daytime running lights, and Renaultsport Monitor on-board performance tracking.

UPDATE 06/17/2011: It’s only been a short time since the Renault Megane RS 265 Trophy’s official launch and it has already added a very impressive achievement to its record; it established an amazing Nurburgring lap record for a front-wheel drive vehicle with a time of 8 minutes 7.97 seconds. The previous record was held by the Megane Renaultsport R26.R which completed the lap in 8 minutes and 17 seconds on June 23, 2008.

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Video: More Powerful Renault Megane RS Teased

Video: More Powerful Renault Megane RS Teased

Renault Sport has released a teaser video of a new Megane RS model that, according to the first details, will be the quickest Megane ever. The video was filmed at the Nurburgring race track where the car seems to handle itself well making its trip around the circuit. We doubt this more powerful model will try to smash any Nurburgring records, but at the very least we’ll get a spicier version of the Megane. Maybe even a special edition Megane RS Nurburgring Edition.

The standard Megane Renault Sport is powered by a new-generation 2-liter 16-valve turbocharged petrol engine that delivers a total of 250hp at 5,500rpm and peak torque of 250 lb-ft from 3,000rpm. Expect the new model to be more powerful than this with a few added features.

The speedier Megane RS is expected to make its world debut on June 17, 2011, so stay with us to find out more details!

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2011 RenaultSport Megane 250 by Superchips

2011 RenaultSport Megane 250 by Superchips

Now that the Geneva Motor Show has come and gone, we now head back to the real world with nothing but good memories from a highly successful event. The rush from Geneva was understandably high; so we kind of expected that the next couple of days would consist of a collective exhale from the entire auto industry before moving on back to work.

Thankfully, French automaker Renault and tuning firm Superchips are keeping us on our toes with the release of a newly modified performance program for the RenaultSport Megane 250.

Our love for sports hatchbacks notwithstanding, Superchips’ ECU remapping of the RenaultSport Megane 250’s engine is something that we definitely took notice of. The program, which will be available for any Megane 250 model sold from 2010 onwards, will give the car a performance boost of around 49 horsepower and 66 Nm of torque. As a result, the Megane 250’s R26-sourced 2.0-liter engine’s power output jumps from 250 horsepower and 304 Nm of torque to just a shade under 300 horsepower and 370 Nm of torque. Even more impressive is the fact that despite the performance boost, the Megane 250’s fuel efficiency numbers will remain at 33 mpg.

So if you have a Megane 250 in your garage and you’re dying to get a jump on those ponies under its hood, the Superchips ECU upgrade program is available at 445 GBP and comes with a 12-month warranty.

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2011 Renault Megane RS Police Car

2011 Renault Megane RS Police Car

Speeding in France is about to get a wee bit trickier to get away with now that the Gendarmerie are getting 70 Renault Megane RS police vehicles on the prowl.

The new Megane RS police car will replace the currentSubaru Impreza fleet and will come in the blue and yellow color scheme as other French police vehicle. The Gendarmerie have even opted for the “Chassis Cup” version, which is the model with the best handling at high speeds. The Megane RS is powered by a new-generation 2-liter 16-valve turbocharged petrol engine which boasts maximum power of 250hp at 5,500rpm and peak torque of 340Nm from 3,000rpm. The vehicle’s speed tops out at 155 mph, leaving the drivers with lead feet little opportunity to get away.

Renault chose Durisotti, an approved Renault coach-builder, to fully transform their new fleet into true police vehicles with the special equipment necessary to catch speedsters. The result of their work is shown in the photos provided.

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2011 Renault Megane and Clio "XV de France" Editions

2011 Renault Megane and Clio "XV de France" Editions

In what is apparently becoming an annual celebration of their partnership with the French National Rugby Team, Renault has once again released a special edition line of their Clio and Megane vehicles, which they’ve been calling the "XV de France" Editions.

We already showed you what last year’s models looked like, so now we’re here to give you a peak of what to expect for the 2011 version of the these special edition Renault compact vehicles.

For this year, both limited edition models have become special ’versions’ of the Clio and the Megane, which you can avail off with out the limited time basis attached to its predecessors.

“The 2011 ‘XV de France’ versions are very different from the limited editions of previous years," said Raphaelle Jarry, the Renault Megane’s product manager.

For this particular version of the Megane and Clio, customers can avail of the former through a number of styles, including estate, hatch or coupe body form. As for the latter, customers have a choice of getting it as a 3-door, 5-door, or estate.

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2011 Renault Megane Monaco GP

2011 Renault Megane Monaco GP

Renault has unveiled a new Monaco GP package at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. This package is available for the Megane Coupe and Megane RS models. The new models will be offered in a limited edition with only 14 countries scheduled to receive it. The Monaco GP edition can be ordered in elegance, sport, and style versions, priced from €27,300 ($37,742 at the current rates).

The Monaco GP package was first offered in 2010 for the Laguna Coupe model and featured the same black and white color scheme as found on the new Megane Monaco GP. The pearlescent white paint was developed specially for these models. Other features include the Etoilé black body components (including the side mirrors, rear diffuser, and fog-lamp surrounds), black headlight masks, and "Monaco GP" badge work on the sides. The interior also gets a pearlescent white cabin, Monaco GP" stitching on the seats, a numbered plate, and "Monaco GP" protective mats.

Updated 03/01/2011: This review has been updated with new images, details, and official prices.

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2011 Renault Megane RS N4

2011 Renault Megane RS N4

The Renault Megane is spawning yet another special edition, one that is sure to please upstart rally drivers all over the world. The new off-spring Megane, which is being called the RS N4, is a Group N tarmac rally package that is being released to cater to the needs of trainers and private rally aces alike.

For this particular car, Renault outfitted it with a boost in the output of the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that it comes in. From the standard version’s 250 horsepower and 340 Nm of torque output, Renault gave the RS N4 a 20-horsepower boost to 270 ponies with 470 Nm of torque on it.

In addition to the engine upgrade, the sports hatch also gets a “Cup” suspension upgrade courtesy of the partnership Renault established with suspension maven Ohlins from Sweden. Renault also installed bigger brake discs on the car in the form of 335mm discs and four-piston Brembo calipers on the front and 290mm versions over in the rear. Rounding out the RS N4’s performance package is a new interior that features a race-ready roll bar as well as Sabelt racing seats with a six-point harness.

All told, the Megane RS N4 looks to be a pretty good car to get your feet wet in the world rally racing.

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2010 Renault Megane RS by E-Motions

2010 Renault Megane RS by E-Motions

The Renault Megane RS is a car that’s on the cusp of being considered one of the best sports hatches in the world. Depending on some people’s preferences, the car might even be placed on the top of the proverbial heap.

Aftermarket tuning firms have all taken stabs at modifying the Megane RS not only because it’s ripe to be tuned, but also because the sports hatch is one of the most popular Renault models in recent times. Having said that, the folks from Dutch tuning specialist, E-Motion, put their collective talents to good use by building a package for the Megane RS, one that sees improvements on the car across the board.

The Dutch aftermarket tuning firm had some help from its compatriot, Kerkhof & Visscher, in building up the Megane RS’s engine, boosting up its power by 60 ponies and giving up much more bite than the standard variant. At the end of the day, this is what all tuning firms aim to accomplish: to turn fast and powerful into faster and more powerful.

Mission accomplished for E-Motions.

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2012 Renault Sport Megane 250 Cup

2012 Renault Sport Megane 250 Cup

It’s a glorious time to be a fan of the Megane RenaultSport 250 Cup these days. Recently, the Renault hot hatch sports car was launched at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia, paving the way for the entry of the hotly-anticipated sports hatch in a market segment that has grown with competitors in the recent years.

Though it’s not as trendy a name as the Scirocco, Cooper, and Focus models of the world, the Megane RenaultSport 250 Cup’s strength doesn’t lie in its brand recall name but in the unbridled look and top-class performance standards that it always comes in. Okay, there’s also that matter about the car’s performance package, which according to TC Euro Cars, is chalk full of fully-functioning features that TC Euro Cars added to the already spicy performance package on the car.

The three-door coupe already has a slew of reservations attached to it and if things fall according to plan and expectations, we might see more of this car in the coming future, maybe even sooner rather than later.

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Renault Megane RS with Corniche Sports Wheels

Renault Megane RS with Corniche Sports Wheels

The Renault Megane RS is already a pretty cool, but as we have seen time and time again, cool cars can always get cooler after an experienced tuning firm get their hands on it. The Megane RS, in particular, has competitors such as the Golf GTI and Focus RS, making it an ideal vehicle to tune up as a sportier model. Corniche Sports Wheels is the latest tuning firm making an attempt at creating a sportier Megane RS.

The sporty and elegant five-star wheel attracts attention with its multi-part optics, based on suggested screw threads, and its cosmopolitan design language - and holds that attention for some time. The Megane RS is provided with 8.5 x 19 inch ET45 wheels on the front axle and 9.5 x 19 inch ET50 rims on the rear axle. The vehicle also comes in a rich and sporty white paint with a contrasting Higloss-black-polished / Inox Lip version and stainless steel lowered center.

The Renault Megane RS is powered by a new-generation 2-liter 16-valve turbocharged petrol engine which boasts maximum power of 250hp at 5,500rpm and peak torque of 340Nm from 3,000rpm.

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2010 Renault Megane Coupe-Cabrio by H&R

2010 Renault Megane Coupe-Cabrio by H&R

Summer is here; bring out the convertibles! Not to lose out on the prime time for open air coupes, H&R has prepared a new tuning package for the new Renault Megane Coupe-Cabrio just in time for it’s arrival in sales rooms.

To make the Cabrio shine, the tuner is offering a new spring set that lowers the car’s ride by 35-40 mm. The package also includes a set of H&R TRAK+ wheel spacers made of high tensile aluminum. This set is made available to all customers regardless of whether it is combined with OE or aftermarket wheels.

The Renault Megane Coupe-Cabriolet made its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show. It will be offered with a choice of three petrol engines with outputs ranging from 110 HP to 140 HP and three diesel engines cranking out anywhere from 110 HP to 160 HP; all mated to either a six speed manual or a six speed EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) automatic transmission.

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Video: Fifth Gear's Vicki Butler-Henderson drives Renault Megane RS

Video: Fifth Gear’s Vicki Butler-Henderson drives Renault Megane RS

The lucky folks from Fifth Gear were able to scoop up quite a treat recently: a chance to get behind the wheel of the new Renault Megane RS and, judging by the smile on Vicki Butler-Henderson’s face as she was taking the Megane RS out for a stroll, it looks like she had all the fun in the world. Powered by a 2-liter 16-valve turbocharged petrol engine which boasts maximum power of 250hp at 5,500rpm and peak torque of 340Nm from 3,000rpm, the Megane RS is the latest in a long line of production cars that have given a sportier treatment by Renault’s sports division, Renault Sport

So, if you’ve got some time, watch Vicki Butler-Henderson in this video as she explains the inner workings and overall handling of Renault’s new sexy sport hatchback.

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2010 Renault Megane GT and GT Line

2010 Renault Megane GT and GT Line

Renault extended the Megane family today with the addition of two new sporting models: Megane GT and Megane GT Line. Available for Hatchback, Coupé, Estate and Coupé-Cabriolet versions, the GT line will go on sale in June 2010.

The GT Line models are distinguished by: sports chassis settings,
restyled front and rear bumpers, 17-inch Celsium aluminum alloy wheels (GT Line) or 18-inch Jetow wheels (GT), Megane R.S.-specification seats with specific GT cloth upholstery and extra lateral support, aluminum pedal set and a dark charcoal interior trim with polished carbon highlights and bespoke badging on the grille and tailgate/bootlid.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Renault Megane Coupe-Cabriolet

2010 Renault Megane Coupe-Cabriolet

The latest addition to the Megane lineup will make its world debut in March at the Geneva Motor Show. The new Megane Coupe-Cabriolet features an oversized high gloss black glass roof contrasting with the satin effect chrome windscreen frame. The glass roof features a fully automatic, electro hydraulic opening mechanism that will lower the top in just 21 seconds.

The cabriolet is offered with a choice of three petrol engines with outputs ranging from 110 HP to 140 HP and three diesel engines cranking out anywhere from 110 HP to 160 HP; all mated to either a six speed manual or a six speed EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) automatic transmission.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Renault Megane and Clio 'XV de France'

2010 Renault Megane and Clio ’XV de France’

The French automaker Renault has released a special edition of their best selling Megane available in both coupe and hatchback variants, as well as Clio hatch and estate versions that celebrate their people’s adoration for the Fédération Française de Rugby with the XV de France. Starting off with unique badging on the front wing, a set of 17 inch Sari alloy wheels as well as an interior adorned with specific ’XV de France’ trim on the dash, FFR embroidered emblems on the headrests, FFR badges on the carpets and satin finished chrome inserts on steering wheel and door pulls to set this stylish Megan apart from lesser Renaults. Both models are on sale starting at €18,000 for five-door Clio ’XV de France’ and from €18,650 for the Clio Estate.

Press release after the jump.

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Renault releases teaser photo of new Megane Coupe-Cabriolet

Renault releases teaser photo of new Megane Coupe-Cabriolet

Teaser photos serve very little purpose other than to give the public an idea – however small it may be – of what the product is expected to look like. More often than not, these photos don’t show enough to warrant an imaginative speculation of the car. This time, however, Renault made sure that the teaser photo of their new Megane Coupe-Cabriolet gives us enough to make our imaginations running. The car, which is set to make its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March, looks every bit as similar to the aesthetic elements of past Meganes, including the model’s famous foldaway glass top.

While the car’s front end wasn’t shown in the photo, the rear left-side tail lights are clearly visible, allowing us to draw a somewhat clear idea on how the new CC version is going to look like. As far as technical specs are concerned, the Megane CC is expected to come with the same set of engine variants that can be found in the coupe and hatchback versions, among them the 1.6-litere 110 hp engine, the 2.0–liter 140 hp variant, and the turbocharged TCe 180 hp unit.

The Geneva Motor Show is still two months away so until then, we’d have to settle with this teaser photo of the new Megane CC. While it’s a lot better than other teaser photos we’ve seen in the past, we’d still prefer to see a real photo of the car, hopefully, sooner than later.

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Video: Romain Grosjean takes Megane RenaulSport out for a spin at Nurburgring

When Romain Grosjean replaced the departed Nelson Piquet Jr. in the cockpit of one of Renault’s F1 cars, he probably didn’t imagine the perks that came along with it. One of the said perks is being able to test new Renault cars before they get sent out to dealerships.

Recently, the French driver took the all-new 2010 Megane RenaultSport 250 out for a run at the Nurburgring and much to our good fortune, the company took a video of it for us to scrutinize…I mean…enjoy.

Powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, the Megane RS can produce as much as 250 horsepower with its power being channeled through a six-speed manual tranny straight towards the front wheels.

There are a lot of things that we envy about F1 drivers. From the prestige to the ladies to driving unreleased cars, F1 drivers – whether you’re a contender or not – have it good.

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2009 Renault Megane RS

2009 Renault Megane RS

Although everyone knew how it will look like and what is capable of, the Megane RS made its official debut today at the Geneva Motor Show. With an addition 25 hp and a choice of sport suspensions, the new Megane RS will go on sale later this year.

The new Megane Renault Sport is powered by a new-generation 2-litre 16-valve turbocharged petrol engine which boasts maximum power of 250hp at 5,500rpm and peak torque of 340Nm from 3,000rpm. It is available with a choice of two chassis: the ’Sport’ chassis or the ’Cup’ chassis, which comes with a limited slip differential for even greater traction.

It also features: front bumper that incorporates the LED daytime running lights, 18-inch aluminium alloy rims, central exhaust tailpipe and rear diffuser. On the interior the RS features sports seats, analogue rev-counter with visual and audible gearshift indicator, aluminum pedal cover and RS logo on the headrests, rev-counter background and dashboard.

Press release after the jump.

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Renault prepares 275 HP version for the 2.0 Liter engine

Renault prepares 275 HP version for the 2.0 Liter engine

The French automaker Renault is preparing a few surprises for us for the Frankfurt Motor Show. One of them is a factory tuned 275 HP version of the 2.0 Liter TCe gas burning engine that will add a very healthy dose of sport to the automobile manufacturers lineup. The only problem is that Renault still hasn’t confirmed which model will be lucky enough to be motivated by the hot rod power plant.

Current speculation suggests that there are two possible models that will benefit from the turbocharged four cylinder engine. One of them is the special edition Renault Megane 3RS and the other is a Gordini version for the Megane. Either way it would be very nice to see a Megane with the potent power plant under the hood no matter which label accompanied it.

Aside from the boosted Megane, Renault is planning on unveiling a special edition five door version of the Megane RS at the upcoming Paris Auto Show. Following their official debuts both the three and fiver door models will go into production in November.

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2009 Renault Clio and Megane World Series

2009 Renault Clio and Megane World Series

Renault has unveiled today two new special editions for the UK market: the Renault Clio World Series and the Renault Megane World Series. Both models will debut at Silverstone on 4th and 5th July.

Clio World Series by adds an extended front spoiler, side skirts, a sports rear bumper plus WSR badging. Customers can choose from the 1.2 16V 75, the highly efficient TCe 100 or the frugal dCi 86 engines. Prices for this special edition start from £12,170.

Megane Hatch World Series adds an extended front spoiler, Coupe-style bumper inserts, side skirts, a sports rear bumper, rear spoiler, WSR badging and 17” alloy wheels. Customers can choose from the 1.6 16V 110 or the dCi 106, both with a six-speed gearbox. Prices for this special edition start from £16,595.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 Renault Megane Estate

2010 Renault Megane Estate

Renault added today a new version in its Megane line-up. It will join the current Hatchback, Coupé, Grand Scénic and Scénic and will go on sale at the end of this month.

The new Megane Estate is being offered with a choice of eight diesel engines and six petrol ones. Diesel line-up includes: 1.5 dCi with: 85, 90, 105 and 110 hp; dCi 130 engine that develops 130 hp, 2.0 dCi with 150 and 160 hp. Petrol line-up includes: TCe 130 with 1,8 liters and 130 hp, 1.6 16V with 100 and 110 hp, 2.0 16V 140 hp CVT and TCe 180. All the engines are mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

The new model features sporty, elegant lines, a longer wheelbase that ensure plenty of carrying capacity, low-profile windows, chrome longitudinal roofbars.

It also benefits from lots of the latest technologies: two fully-integrated, joystick-operated, centre console-mounted navigation systems: Carminat TomTom and Carminat Bluetooth DVD, a digital speedometer, Hands-free entry, 3D Sound by Arkamys.

Full details in the press release after the jump.

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