This is the new Renaultsport Megane undergoing testing at the Nurburgring
8 October 2008

Just days after the Renault Megane hatchback and coupe’s debut at the Paris motor show, our spies have caught the red hot Renaultsport version testing at the Nürburgring.

The large Brembo front brakes and centre-mounted tail pipe give away this test car’s identity as the high-performance model, and sources at Renault confirm that the hot hatch has been testing at the ‘Ring.

However we expect the finished Renaultsport Megane - likely to be unveiled at next year’s Geneva motor show - to be lower, have a much more aggressive front end and bigger air intakes than the recently unveiled standard Megane or this prototype.

Renault’s designers have been allowed more freedom to toughen up the looks of the Renaultsport model, based as it is on the new Coupé, which is being marketed as a separate model to the five door.

The standard new Megane five-door goes on sale in November. It will be joined by the three-door coupe – upon which the hot hatch is based – in January 2009 with the Renaultsport model arriving next September.

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Renault Megane

The Renault Megane looks bland, and it's not that good to drive either

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Our Verdict

Renault Megane

The Renault Megane looks bland, and it's not that good to drive either

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