Would you like to be one of the first people in the UK to drive the new Renault Megane RS? It’s now available for you to test-drive and buy, and has a lot of tricks up its yellow sleeves. The Megane RS is the first-ever hot hatch with four-wheel steering, and can be had with a choice of Sport or Cup chassis options.
So what does the four-wheel-steering do? At speeds up to 37mph (or 62mph in Race mode), the rear wheels turn in the opposite direction to the fronts, which makes the car much more agile and corner quicker. Above those speeds, the wheels turn in the same direction to improve stability. Both of the two chassis options offer sweet handling and incredible poise, but the Cup is the one to go for if you’re after something a bit more hardcore.
While the engaging steering makes this car exciting through the corners, the powerplant is another star. A 1.8-litre engine may not sound very fast, but it’s the most powerful engine of that size currently on sale – 280hp is deliciously sufficient, and the twin-scroll turbo keeps the power available across the rev range. Choose between a six-speed manual or a dual-clutch automatic – the latter gets launch control and the ability to change down more than one gear at a time. When you need to stop, you’ll appreciate the powerful Brembo brakes.
Inside, there’s a bucket load of sportiness, including a lot of red elements, aluminium-style pedals and ambient lighting. The standard tech list covers rear parking sensors, sat nav and Europe-wide mapping, dual-zone climate control and hill start assist. Fancy more tech? Renault’s got you covered. An 8.7-inch portrait touchscreen, hands-free parking and adaptive cruise control are among the optional extras you can choose for your Megane RS.
The Megane also has the Nurburgring lap record in its sights, too. A Trophy model is set to be revealed later this year, which is set to offer just shy of 300hp and extra performance enhancements to attempt the steal the front-wheel-drive crown from the Honda Civic Type R. To beat it, the Megane will have to go round the fearsome German racetrack in less than 7 minutes 43.8 seconds.
If you’d love the new Renaultsport Megane, head down to our Kidlington showroom or enquire below.