What is it?
It's the latest warm hatch to join what's becoming an increasingly crowded area of the market. Designed to fit between the bread-and butter Meganes and the extreme RenaultSport versions, (particularly the new R26 edition with a limited-slip diff), the Megane GT is available as both a petrol and a diesel.
That means it can take on rivals like VW's supercharged Golf GT and Peugeot's 3067 HDi oil-burner.
The engines on offer are a 163bhp low-pressure turbo petrol unit, and a 148bhp DCi diesel that's previously seen use in the Laguna. They are both available in three- and five-door layouts (SportHatch and Hatch in Renault-speak).
The GT's set-up has been designed for enthusiastic drivers who don’t want the extreme Renaultsport suspension, so while it gets stiffer springs, (24 per cent stiffer than regular) they are more pliable than those fitted to the R26. Stiffer front and rear anti-roll bars, revised shock absorbers, a lower bodyshell (by 10mm), changes to the electric power steering and new front dampers complete the picture.
What's it like?
Not bad at all, actually. The petrol engine feels willing enough, and the low-pressure turbo means it never reaches that awkward juxtaposition of turbo lag and hefty kerbweight. In fact, it barely feels like a turbocharged car at all, although the engine note isn't particularly fragrant higher up the rev range.