Renault Delivers New Mégane Renault Sport

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Renault Delivers New Mégane Renault Sport

After recently launching the new Mégane model, Renault brought its powerful sibling, the Mégane R.S. (Renault Sport) to the Geneva Auto Show. 

Powered by a new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the R.S. makes 250hp at 5500 rpm and 251 ft-lbs of torque at 3000 rpm. This is an increase of 20hp and 29.5 ft-lbs of torque over the highly acclaimed R26.R. As well as being a great performer, the car is also good around town with plenty of immediate torque – Renault says that 80 of peak torque is available at just 1800 rpm.

As expected, the new R.S. will be offered with only a six-speed manual transmission. Two trim levels can be ordered, the Sport and the Cup, which features a limited-slip differential. The R.S. is equipped with a stability control system, however, it can be shut completely off.

From the outside, the car is immediately distinguishable by its 18-inch wheels, rear diffuser and Lambo LP640-style central exhaust pipe.

Inside, the car gets aluminum pedal covers, a sport steering wheel, Renault Sport lettering on the headrests, gauges and dashboard. It also comes with a gear-shift indicator that is both visual and audible.

GALLERY: Mégane R.S. 

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More on the Mégane R.S. after the jump:

 

NEW MÉGANE RENAULT SPORT: 

250HP OF SHEER PLEASURE 

 

 

As the latest in a long line of Renault sporting models, New Mégane Renault Sport stands out 

through its exhilarating performance and handling. The cocktail of its 250hp engine, 

unmistakable sporting coupé credentials and choice of two chassis (‘Sport’ and ‘Cup’ with 

limited slip differential) is clear evidence that New Mégane Renault Sport  has been honed to 

offer an extreme ride.  

Coming after Mégane F1 Team R26 and Mégane R26.R, New Mégane Renault Sport  profits 

fully from Renault Sport Technologies’ extensive experience when it comes to manufacturing 

production sporting models.  

 

Powerful 

New Mégane Renault Sport is powered by a new-generation 2-litre 16-valve turbocharged petrol 

engine which boasts maximum power of 250hp (184kW) at 5,500rpm and peak torque of 340Nm from 

3,000rpm. The sum of the different improvements made to this engine has produced a gain of 20hp 

and 40Nm over Mégane R26.R which itself emerged as the yardstick in the world of performance 

hatches. The Renault Sport 2.0 T engine’s twin-scroll turbo is exceptionally responsive and is 

particularly flexible at lows revs, with 80 per cent of maximum torque available from 1,900rpm. Its 

broad useful rev band makes it a genuine joy to drive in everyday use, and the pleasure remains all 

the way up to the rev-limiter whenever it is pushed a little harder. The engine of New Mégane Renault 

Sport drives through a six-speed manual gearbox. 

Work has also gone into the acoustics of the Renault Sport 2.0 T engine to produce a telltale sporty 

pitch audible inside the cabin under acceleration. 

 

Efficient 

New Mégane Renault Sport has inherited the same suspension arrangement as the current Mégane 

Renault Sport. Thanks to an independent steering axis layout at the front, the suspension and 

steering functions have been separated to ensure a particularly high standard of handling and traction 

performance.  

Like the sporting versions of the Renault Clio and Renault Twingo ranges, New Mégane R.S. 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. 

 

 

The electric power steering features specific, sportier calibration and benefits from the latest 

improvements seen on New Renault Mégane aimed at achieving greater precision and even more 

feedback from the road.  

New Mégane Renault Sport is equipped with ESC which is fully disconnectable in order to enable 

owners to sample the pleasure of enjoying their car’s full potential round a circuit. 

 

Provocative 

New Mégane R.S. benefits from undeniably sporty looks. The front bumper incorporates the LED 

daytime running lights, as well as the splitter which recalls the low-slung nose of the R28 Formula 1 

car. The sporty calling of this Renault Sport-badged model is further emphasized by its 18-inch 

aluminium alloy rims, central exhaust tailpipe and rear diffuser. 

The interior appointments, too, exude the world of motor sport, from the extra lateral support for the 

seats, to the analogue rev-counter with visual and audible gearshift indicator, the aluminium pedal 

cover and the specific steering wheel complete with thumb rests. The Renault Sport signature is also 

visible inside the car: on the headrests, rev-counter background and dashboard. 

 

New Mégane Renault Sport profits fully from Renault Sport Technologies’ extensive 

experience when it comes to manufacturing production sporting models. 

Renault Sport Technologies has combined its experience of motor sport with its longstanding 

production expertise to develop a comprehensive range of sporting cars. The hallmarks of Renault 

Sport models are their pedigree engines and efficient chassis which together deliver an undeniably 

high level of sports performance, as testified by the reputation forged by Mégane F1 Team R26 and 

Mégane R26.R which were voted ‘Sporting Car of the Year’ in France in 2007 and 2008 respectively.

  • A WILSON

    THIS HAS TO BE ONE OF THE MOST STUNNING AFFORDABLE CARS OF 2009, WILL RENAULT BE PRODUCING A DIESEL VERSION THAT WILL APPEAL TO COMPANY CAR DRIVERS LIKE MYSELF?

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