New 2018 Megane Renault Sport is the first hot hatch with rear-wheel steering

Posted on Sep 13, 2017 by

From next year the new Megane will come with the choice of 280 or 300 horsepower and four-wheel steering as standard

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Just revealed at the Frankfurt motor show the new Megane (the French, quirkily — or stupidly — decided to name it back to front, so what can we do…) will become the first hot hatch ever to feature rear-wheel steering when it goes on sale mid next year.

With a new 1.8-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine under the bonnet the 2018 model will also offer keen drivers the choice of 280 horsepower as standard or 300 horsepower if you choose to go for the hardcore Trophy version.

Additionally the lump is rated at 390Nm of torque from 2,400rpm available through to 5,000rpm, and the twist reaches the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission or optionally a dual-clutch automatic with paddle shifters behind the steering wheel and a launch control function.

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As per French tradition by now (hot Meganes have been around since 2004), Renault Sport will be offering the new 2018 Megane with two chassis options, Sport and Cup, with a limited slip differential included on the Cup.

Compared to the standard cars the Renault Sport offerings can be distinguished by 60mm wider bodywork and new 18-inch or 19-inch wheel designs, as well as a silver-coloured blade running through the front lower intake, functional extractor vents located behind the front wheels, a lip spoiler, and round the back a pretty sizable rear diffuser (Renault claims the thing negates aerodynamic lift at the rear axle, but doesn’t say it actually adds any downforce) shrouding a massive single central exhaust outlet.

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Step inside the 2018 Sport (or Renault Sport Megane, or Megane Renault Sport, whatever…) and you’ll find sportier body-hugging seats, optional Alcantara upholstery, and aluminum pedals and gear lever, plus of course contrasting red stitching. Just like every other hot hatch on the market, then — how imaginative…

Braking power is courtesy of 355mm front discs gripped by Brembo callipers, but if you pay extra you can also have some fancy dual-material discs (combination of cast iron and aluminium).

We’d love to tell you how fast the 2018 car is, but Renault isn’t saying, so we’re guessing it’ll match up squarely with stuff like Honda’s Civic Type R and the Ford Focus RS, meaning 0-100km/h in the range of six seconds and a top speed limited to 250km/h.

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