The fourth-generation Renault Megane R.S. has just been made available for the UK market and lucky for them, the six-speed manual is a standard fitment while the Efficient Dual Clutch (EDC) automatic transmission is also available as an option.

Customers can opt for a Sport or Cup chassis setup with the former aimed at drivers who prefer a sporty but refined drive. The Cup chassis takes things up a few notches with revised springs, dampers, anti-roll bars, red brake callipers, bump stops and a Torsen limited slip differential, prioritising cornering performance over everyday comfort.

A set of Brembo bi-material brake kit is available as an option exclusively for the Cup chassis which enlarges the front brake discs to 355 mm and saves 1.8 kg of unsprung weight on each corner. Renault claims that the optional brake kit gives drivers consistent brake pressure and boasts maximum cooling capabilities during intensive use.

Under the hood of the Megane R.S. is a brand-new 1.8-litre turbocharged four-cylinder that boasts 280 hp and 390 Nm on tap, the latter peaks from 2,400 – 4,800 rpm. Despite getting a Launch Control function on the EDC equipped car, both the automatic and manual Megane R.S. will take the same 5.8 seconds to sprint to the 100 km/h mark. The six-speed manual will manage a slightly higher top speed of 255 km/h; 5 km/h more than the EDC variant.

Standard equipment on UK-bound Megane R.S. include R.S. Vision full LED headlamps, 18-inch ‘Estoril’ alloy wheels, R.S Monitor Expert, Multi-Sense drive mode selector (Comfort, Normal, Sport, Race, Perso), Renault Sport seats, Dark Carbon R.S. upholstery, 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system and cruise control.

Other creature comfort items such as 8.7-inch portrait touchscreen, Alcantara seats, eight-speaker BOSE sound system, sunroof, reverse camera, blind spot warning, adaptive cruise control and autonomous emergency braking are available as optional extras.

In the UK, prices for the new Renault Megane R.S. starts from £27,495 (RM147k) to £39,705 (RM213k) with all the options checked. Closer to home, TC Euro cars have the next best thing available, the Megane GT that spots a 1.6-litre turbo engine but at a very unfavourable price tag of RM228k. To put things into perspective, that is almost RM30k more expensive than the previous generation Megane R.S. 265 Sport (that we absolutely love)!

We can’t imagine TC Euro Cars to not bring the new Megane R.S. to Malaysia after all the old one garnered quite a strong following among track enthusiast and weekend warriors alike. Let’s just pray that if it does come to Malaysia, it can undercut the RM320k Honda Civic Type R.


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Renault Megane R.S.


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Adrian Chia
He believes that the perfect remedy to Monday blues is a mixture of 4 wheels, clear roads and a pinch of twisty tarmac. A hot hatch is the icing on the cake.