Fans of hot hatches will be glad to know that the latest Renault Megane RS is coming to our part of the world, as the model is being teased on Renault Malaysia’s official website. Based on the fourth-generation Megane, the Megane RS first made its debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.
The Megane RS is available in three trims – Sport, Cup and Trophy – all of which use a 1.8 litre turbocharged four-cylinder tuned to different outputs. With the Sport and Cup models, the engine serves up 276 hp (280 PS) and 390 Nm of torque, while the Trophy comes with 292 hp (300 PS) and 420 Nm.
All that power is sent to the front wheels through one of two transmissions, with the first being a tried-and-true six-speed manual, or a six-speed Efficient Dual Clutch (EDC) automatic.
Two chassis setups – Sport and Cup – are available, with the former receiving rally-derived hydraulic compression bump stops, 4Control four-wheel steering system and a brake torque vectoring system.
The Cup chassis builds on this base, adding on a Torsen limited-slip differential, 25% firmer shock absorbers, 30% tighter springs and 10% stiffer anti-roll bars. Meanwhile, the Trophy is based on the Cup chassis, but with more weight-saving measures and as mentioned earlier, more power.
A Multi-Sense system allows drivers to cycle through the five available driving modes – Comfort, Normal, Sport, Race and the customisable Personal. There’s also an RS Drive button on the centre stack as a shortcut to Sport and Race modes.
Whatever the case, more hot hatches in Malaysia is a good thing but will you pick the Megane RS over its yet-to-be-launched French compatriot, the 308 GTi?. You’ll also need to consider other rivals such as the FK8 Honda Civic Type R, Volkswagen Golf GTI/R and Mercedes-AMG A 45.
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