Full details and specifications for the updated and enhanced versions of the car have been released.
Both have been given a host of tweaks, continuing to deliver performance car thrills and a truly engaging driving experience.
Powered by a 1.8-litre turbocharged petrol engine delivering 420Nm of torque, each can accelerate from 0-62mph in just 5.7 seconds.
On the powertrain front, the Mégane R.S.’s twin-scroll turbocharger helps improve torque at lower revs for faster responses, while the EDC transmission features Multi-Change Down – this dropping several gear ratios under braking when the left paddle is held down, delivering a more efficient and responsive driving experience.
Meanwhile, Launch Control is available in Sport and Race modes – selected via MultiSense drive mode selector.
Combined with the EDC automatic transmission, the New Mégane R.S. will reach 162mph top speed in R.S. Trophy specification.
R.S. 300 models come as standard with the Sport chassis, while R.S. Trophy models feature the Cup chassis that brings stiffer springs, dampers and anti-roll bars, plus a limited slip differential for an even more engaging driving experience.
There are also a number of exterior and interior enhancements across R.S. 300 and R.S. Trophy variants.
On the outside, the subtle tweaking to the muscular styling ensures the car looks as enticing as before, whilst new LED lighting signatures bear Renault’s latest family resemblance, but with typical R.S. references to the car’s hot hatchback billing. An updated front grille and door handle lighting give a further visual lift.
The light units at the front are now full LEDs with distinctive C-shaped daytime running light signature that double as the indicators; a full LED unit at the rear
incorporates new signature reach across the tailgate to the Renault badge, plus
dynamic rear indicators.
On the inside, the New Mégane R.S. 300 and R.S. Trophy feature enhanced materials (seats, steering wheel and centre console) and technology. Bringing the car in line with Renault’s latest models, a large 10-inch digital Driver Information Display coupled with a more user-friendly 9.3-inch EasyLink infotainment system is set into the dashboard. This features a responsive touchscreen with access to all multimedia functions, MultiSense driving modes and vehicle settings.
As well, full smartphone connectivity via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are available, as well as in-car direct voice recognition to control the radio, music, navigation and Renault apps via simple commands.
Elsewhere the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are controlled via a new menu with an improved look and feel, while the satellite navigation system features 3D buildings displayed on the screen, alongside connected features that include up-to-date traffic and weather information, fuel prices, door-to-door navigation and online search via Google.
Technology to make life easier also includes rear parking camera and driver assistance systems including lane-departure warning, traffic sign recognition and automatic high and low beam. The specification has been enhanced further with front and rear parking sensors, a reversing camera, Premium BOSE audio system and shark fin antenna finished in black.
All the above comes on top of the New Mégane R.S. 300’s existing features incorporating full R.S. exterior body kit, 4Control 4-wheel steering system, R.S. Drive, Sport chassis, 18-inch R.S. alloy wheels, R.S. Vision LED headlights with integrated C-shape turn signal, dual-zone climate control, hands free Renault key card, lane-departure warning, traffic sign recognition and active emergency braking system.
For the ultimate New Mégane R.S., buyers can upgrade to the Trophy specification. Bi-material brakes, 19-inch R.S. Trophy alloy wheels, R.S. Nappa perforated leather steering wheel and gearknob gaiter, heated seats, R.S. Monitor and the Cup chassis are all part of the package. Renaultsport Alcantara upholstery with red stitching is standard, while optional Recaro bucket seats are also available.