Renault has locked in Australian prices and specifications for the 2018 Megane RS hot hatch, confirming the new model will reach customers in November.
As exclusively revealed by Drive in January, the new Megane RS will be priced from $44,990 plus on-road costs, pitching it below the Honda Civic Type R, but above Hyundai’s new i30 N.
Powered by a smaller new 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine with 205kW and 390Nm outputs (again, landing it between the Hyundai and Honda), the new Megane is the only machine in its class to feature four-wheel-steering as standard.
Other features include Brembo front brakes with 355mm discs, Renault’s clever PerfoHub torque steer reduction system and new hydraulic bump stops.
A revised RS Monitor data-logging system joins sat nav, smart keys, a reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity on a portrait-style 8.7-inch touchscreen.
Driver aids include multi-stage stability control, active cruise control and autonomous emergency braking as well as lane departure and blind spot warning systems.
Available only as a five-door hatch with much more cargo space than its predecessor, the Megane RS brings chromed 19-inch wheels as standard, along with a sports body kit, central exhaust and LED front lighting.
What you won’t find are multi-mode shock absorbers or a five-year warranty, with Renault opting to go with fixed-rate dampers and a three-year guarantee.
Track-ready Recaro seats are also missing in action, perhaps reserved for an upcoming Megane RS Trophy variant expected to bring 220kW of power.
Enthusiasts might consider waiting for the Trophy version due in 2019, as the new model’s modest 4kW power bump and 51 kilos of extra weight compared to the previous-generation Megane 275 Cup Premium equate to an inferior power to weight ratio.
Fitted as standard with a six-speed manual transmission, the new hot hatch is available with a $1490 Cup Pack bringing black-painted 19-inch wheels, red brake calipers, a mechanical limited-slip differential and lightweight bi-material brake discs with alloy rotor hats.
Previously fitted as standard to the Megane RS, the Cup Pack will be a must for many existing owners.
But buyers keen on a Cup model can’t have a new six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission which makes its debut in the Megane RS family this year for $2500.
Renault expects the two-pedal option to broaden the car’s appeal, taking aim at VW Golf GTI owners accustomed to life with a self-shifting DSG transmission. No doubt faster than the manual model in a straight line, the automatic model brings a choice of four shift modes including sport and race settings with launch control, as well as a supercar-esque “multi-change down” function that drops through the gears if you hold the left paddle down under hard braking.
Finished in solid white as standard, other options include metallic black, grey, red or pearl white paint for $600, brighter liquid yellow or tonic orange finishes for $880, a Bose sound system for $500, mixed leather and Alcantara trim for $1190 or a panoramic sunroof for $1990.
The new Megane RS arrives locally in September for test drives, with customer deliveries starting in November.
2018 Renault Megane RS pricing and specifications:
Price: From $44,990 plus on-road costs
Engine: 1.8-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol
Power: 205kW at 6000rpm
Torque: 390Nm at 2400-4800rpm
Transmission: Six-speed manual or automatic, front-wheel-drive
Fuel use: From 7.4L/100km
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