Renault's upcoming hot hatch will be available in Sport or Cup form and with four-wheel steering; new images show it undisguised

Patent images of the next Renault Sport Mégane have surfaced online, showing it without disguise for the first time.

The pictures confirm that the upcoming hot hatch will only look slightly more aggressive than the regular Mégane range, which comes as no suprise, following comments made to Autocar by brand design boss Stéphane Janin earlier this year.

"Our brand is not about aggressivity," he said. "We try to have a powerful product but rather simple with sensual shapes. That's what we tried to make with the next RS, which is actually harder than going aggressive I think. To find the right balance is harder but I think we have done it."

When it launches later this year, the next Mégane RS will come with a choice of two chassis settings and four-wheel steering. The standard car will use a Sport chassis, which will be a softer, more road biased setup. But buyers will be able to opt for a harder Cup chassis, which will be catered towards track use.

Four-wheel steering will be fitted as standard, boosting agility and stability. The so-called 4Control system will be controlled by an electromagnetic actuator mounted on the rear axle.

Renault will also offer the car with a six-speed EDC double clutch transmission or manual gearbox. While European markets are expected to prefer the manual, markets in Asia will likely have more demand for EDCs.

The car will be the most potent Mégane produced yet, using a 1.8-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, shared with the upcoming Alpine A110, but ramped up to produce more than 300bhp.

The hottest version of the outgoing Mégane RS, the 275 Cup S, reaches 62mph from rest in 5.8sec. Expect the next Mégane to trim several tenths off that sprint time, making it quicker than the Honda Civic Type R which takes 5.7sec and close to the four-wheel-drive Audi S3 which needs 5.2sec.

Due to the lower and longer five-door only platform of the new Mégane, which sits 25mm lower and is 28mm longer than the old car, plus the use of wider tracks, the next Mégane RS is expected to have significantly more mechanical grip. It's therefore predicted to be a top contender to steal the Nürburgring front-wheel-drive lap record from current champion, the new Honda Civic Type R.

Renault has remained tight-lipped about its next hot Mégane, but the brand has at least hinted that the car will arrive on roads some time in 2018. It's expected to make its public debut at the Frankfurt motor show in September.

As with the facelifted Clio, expect a small increase in price over that of the current Mégane RS, so a starting price of around £27,000 is likely. This significantly undercuts the Civic Type R which starts at £30,000 and ranks the Mégane RS well above the less hardcore Ford Focus ST which starts at £22,750.

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31 March 2017
I'm a bit sceptical about the price for 300hp 5 door 4 wheel steer but we'll see.
The problem with Renault has is the missing link, you can have either a 1.2 130hp or a 2.0 300hp, there's simply nothing in-between.

 

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31 March 2017
should have added the word petrol in the above. Insert at will missus

 

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19 April 2017
There's the 1.6 GT versions, you know. Diesel with 165hp or petrol with 205hp. It has 4 wheel steering too.

19 April 2017
Sorry missed the word manual, you can’t get a petrol Manual with anything between 1.2 130hp and this 300hp beast

 

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19 April 2017
true, that sucks. i don't know why they bother with the auto tbh, takes the fun out of it.

19 April 2017
Worse mistake of my life buying a Renault Sport car and from the feedback from Renault the situation can be expected with any of their awful cars. Gearboxes have inherrent faults which Renault choose to cover up and ignore...even their garages acknowledge the parts are defective...but Renault would rather pass thousands in costs onto their customers. (SCUM and terrible manufacturer, avoid at all costs!)
NEVER buy a Renault..

KPB

20 April 2017
I've had two with no issues whatsoever bar an AWOL tyre pressure sensor. Maybe you just got a bad one eh?

5 May 2017
Renault has taken too long to get this Car ready,kind of missed the first rush so to speak.

Peter Cavellini.

5 May 2017
I didn't intend on Renault-bashing today but I have to add weight to the comments _europa made about his experience. My wife has had two out-of-the-box Renaults this decade and despite some positives they were riddled with faults. On the Twingo RS there were many build quality issues, several noisy dashboard rattles that our local dealer gave up on, paint quality problems and electrical problems in the engine which resulted in a new coil pack and alternator. Two years of that was enough so the Twingo went, foolishly replaced by a new Clio Dynamique S (missus liked the looks, equipment levels and handling). No better luck here either, yet more rattles and build quality issues (passenger side front dash, both front door cards, tailgate struts), faulty tyre pressure sensor same day as collected from dealer, keyless entry had phases where it didn't want to function, and external temperature gauge stopped working. The thing would creak and rattle like a twenty year old car that'd had a hard life, so after another two years of miserable Renault ownership that has gone too. Surely they're not all as bad as this, but we'll never have another one. Shame, cos this new Megane RS looks spot on.

5 May 2017
Rear suspension. Very good but no longer up with the class.

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