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2018 Renault Megane RS Spied

France’s answer to the barnstorming 257kW/440Nm Ford Focus RS, the 2018 Renault Megane RS, has been spied testing in Spain disguised as a 2016 Renault Megane GT.

Upon first inspection, the car in question appears to be a Megane GT, however, after closer examination, the centrally mounted twin-exhaust system, Brembo brakes with slotted rotors and a significantly lower ride height indicate that this is, in fact, the 2018 Renault Megane RS disguised as its lukewarm little brother.

Megane-RS-4th-gen-spied-4-850x387The 2018 Renault Megane RS will be a stark departure from the current coupe inspired three-door hatch. Offered solely as a five-door hatchback, the Megane RS will take aim at the Ford Focus RS, Golf R and Audi S3 for a slice of the increasingly popular hot-performance hatch market.

The next generation Megane RS is expected to benefit from a significant power increase over the current 201kW/360Nm Megane R.S. 275 Trophy-R which produces. A power hike to approximately 240kW seems likely if the Megane RS is to remain competitive with the market dominating Ford Focus RS.

Megane-RS-4th-gen-spied-12-850x539Speculation is still rife as to whether or not the new Megane RS will discard the current front-wheel-drive configuration in favour of a more practical and usable all-wheel-drive arrangement.

In a market segment most commonly measured in 0-100km/h times, it would seem appropriate for the Megane to adopt all-wheel-drive if it is to remain competitive with the Golf R and Focus RS.

 

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