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#FrankfurtMotorShow: Renault's new Megane RS debuts

2017-09-12 13:39

Image: NewsPress

Germany - The new Renault Megane RS makes its international debut at the 2017 Frankfurt International Motor Show. 

Renault says its new Megane RS's chassis performance is now more finely-tuned permitted by 4Control technology complete with four-wheel steering, a first in the segment.

An all-new 1.8-litre turbocharged engine is available and, for the first time, the Renault Mégane R.S. is available with a choice of two transmissions. 

All-new engine 

The Renault Mégane R.S. is equipped with an all-new turbocharged engine equipped with direct fuel injection. This 1.8-litre four-cylinder unit generates 205kW and 390Nm. 

This engine emits 155g/km of CO2 (a 11% reduction compared with the previous generation Mégane R.S.), while NEDC combined-cycle fuel consumption stands at 6.9-litres/100km.

Towards the end of 2018 Renault will launch a 225kW/400Nm Mégane R.S. Trophy.

READ: We drive Renault's new Megane in Mpumalanga

Nico Hulkenberg, Formula 1 driver and Renault Sport Cars ambassador, said: "I was involved with the Renault Mégane R.S.’s development and I am proud to be its ambassador.

"Thanks to the new technologies it packs, including 4Control technology, the new Mégane R.S. is even more efficient and nimble than its predecessor. It’s a delight to drive."

Two transmission 

For the first time, the Renault Megane R.S. offers a choice of two transmissions for its new 205kW TCe engine: a six-speed manual gearbox and a six-speed EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) automatic transmission.

The EDC transmission features paddle-shifters behind the steering wheel, quick down-shifting, and launch control in either Race or Sport modes.

Renault’s Multi-Sense system and its choice of five driving modes are also available. These modes are:

  • Comfort mode: helps to minimise fuel consumption during everyday use.

  • Normal mode: a compromise between comfort, acoustics and performance.

  • Sport mode: sportier performance, enhanced engine response, a more satisfying engine sound and firmer steering, while the ESC threshold has been raised.

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  • Race mode: designed for track use and unfettered performance thanks to sportier 4Control settings for enhanced agility, with the ESC turned off.

  • Perso mode: New Renault Mégane R.S.’s technologies can be activated or switched off for a personalised drive.

Renault says the R.S. Drive button provides shortcut access to the Mégane R.S.'s Sport and Race modes thanks to a short or long press, respectively.

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