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2019 Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R

2019 Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R

The Trophy-R is the most hardcore Megane Renault ever created

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.

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2016 Renault Talisman

2016 Renault Talisman

The Renault Laguna was struggling in the sales department, so Renault had no choice but to discontinue the model and replace it with something better. That something better is the Renault Talisman sedan that debuted at the 2015 Frankfurt Moor Show as a 2016 model. The car had a very stylish and sculpted body that boasted a muscular hood, unique headlight and taillight design, a grille with floating slats, and a side profile that screams luxury. On the inside, the Talisman has every intention of outgoing its German rivals in the luxury sedan with a heads-up display unit, large, vertically oriented infotainment screen, simplistic instrument cluster, and an almost-flat-bottom steering wheel. Being sold in Europe and South Korea, the Talisman has a number of small-displacement (2.0-liter and smaller) gasoline and diesel engines. The diesel engines are limited to Europe, while South Korea is offered a 2.0-liter that runs on natural gas. Horsepower figures range anywhere between 110 horsepower all the way up to 200 ponies.

Luckily, when Renault chose to go with the “Talisman” name, it didn’t try to follow the design cues of the Renault Talisman Concept from 2001. That thing was downright ugly and probably would have flopped before the first car rolled of the line. With that said, Renault did a great job on the Talisman production model and from the look of things is surely posing some stiff competition for manufacturers like BMW, Volkswagen, and Audi.

We’ve put together a full review of Renault’s newest sedan below, so it’s time you took a look at all the facts and details yourself – there’s plenty more to learn about this new family hauler.

Updated 09/24/2015: We’ve added a series of new photos we took at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Find them in the "Pictures" tab.

Continue reading to learn more about the Renault Talisman.

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2016 Renault Talisman Estate

2016 Renault Talisman Estate

Any carmaker wishing to sell wagons (or “estates” as they are generally known across the pond) in Europe is going to have to think long and hard about how to take on the Volkswagen Auto Group. Between the VW brand handling mainstream markets and Audi offering a number of premium options, VAG is a huge market force in this segment. It might not seem so bad to look at it, plenty of carmakers sell wagons in Europe, but Renault must be feeling the pressure because there has never been a car more clearly designed to take on the Passat Estate then the new Renault Talisman Estate.

The new Talisman, in both Saloon and Estate forms, has such a German look to it that you might mistake it for a 2017 Volkswagen Passat at a glance. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing; the Laguna, which the Talisman replaces, had a noticeable amount of that characteristically French weirdness to it and divisive styling isn’t always the best way to sell a lot of cars. Some will see this as the French automaker losing a bit of its charm, but it’s difficult to deny that the Talisman is an attractive vehicle.

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.

Continue reading for my full review of the Talisman Estate.

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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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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.

Details 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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2009 Renault Laguna Black Edition

2009 Renault Laguna Black Edition

Renault announced today a new limited edition Laguna. Available for Expression and Carminat version, the new Laguna Black Edition adds a price of only 200 euro to a standard model.

Black Edition adds: GT Look Pack (front bumper, black headlamp masks, tinted rear lights), Comfort Pack (Renault hands-free card, rear parking proximity sensor), metallic paint (Pearlescent Black, Ardoise Grey, Eclipse Grey or Platine Grey) and 16-inch aluminium alloy wheels.

Prices in France start from €25,800 for the dCi 110 saloon version (add €1,200 for the estate version) and the offer is especially expected to appeal to private owners drawn by its reassuring ride and inherent qualities. Customers, meanwhile, are likely to prefer the dCi 130-powered for €27,350. Available only with the dCi 110, Renault Laguna Carminat Black Edition starts at €26,500. It incorporates integrated Carminat CD Bluetooth® navigation as standard for an additional cost of just €700. There is no need to convert the price into dollars because Renault doesn’t sell to the U.S.

Press release after the jump.

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2006 Renault Megane Coupe-Cabriolet Exception

2006 Renault Megane Coupe-Cabriolet Exception

Renault announces the Mégane Coupé-Cabriolet Exception special series, a stylish yet sportslike model with distinguished features such as two-tone leather upholstery, satin chrome roof arch and 17" aluminium wheels. On top of the rich equipment list of the Dynamique trim version, it adds an anti-turbulence net screen and rear parking assistance as standard fittings

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