Published: Wed, September 13, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Renault Sport fights back with Megane 4 RS at Frankfurt

Renault Sport fights back with Megane 4 RS at Frankfurt

The RS Monitor on-board telemetry system gets new graphics in a choice of two configurations, displaying your driving performance in real time on the 22cm R-Link 2 screen - or you can connect a camera or smartphone, video your laps and play then back, with your performance data in the image.

The big news is the French hot hatch, and Volkswagen Golf GTI rival, follows in the Clio RS tyre tracks by dropping its three-door "coupe-style" body.

The new Renault Megane RS was released today at the Frankfurt Motor Show 2017.

The hot hatch is based on the stand Megane but has a body that's 60mm wider at the front and 45mm wider at the rear. To that end, the new Megane RS will attempt to reclaim its crown as the world's quickest front-drive production auto at the Nurburgring Nordschliefe in Germany.

Meanwhile, behind the front wheel arches are large extractor vents that help suck turbulent air out reducing lift at high speed.

Once aboard, occupants will be struck by the living room-like ambiance with front seats that can be rotated to be rear-facing and there's even a coffee table to complete the look. Renault has ditched the old 2.0-litre turbo for the last Megane RS infavour of a 1.8-litre turbo four-cylinder. Renault cites more than 34mpg and 155g/km CO2.

All-wheel steering is also standard, however, sadly it appears that only cars equipped with the Cup chassis will come fitted with a Torsen limited-slip differential, a key feature of the previous-generation Megane RS.

As well as the choice of suspension, the Renault Sport flagship will also come standard with configurable driving modes, with drivers able to select an Eco, Normal, Sport or Race modes. One cool class-exclusive feature of the Renault Megane R.S. is 4Control four-wheel steering, which should give the vehicle exceptional agility at high speeds.

Another first for the segment and the Megane RS, Renault claims, are the car's hydraulic compressions stops.

All models come with 355mm front discs with Brembo calipers and there's also optional bi-material aluminium and cast iron brake discs for those who want to track the vehicle.

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