Renault Mégane R.S. Trophy in the test

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Renault Mégane RS Trophy in the test
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R enault, that was once eroticism on wheels for sports car fans. Renault, that were once hot racing rifles that swung with a list in the R5 trophy and caused legendary cup battles. Renault were once passionate mid-engined bullets à la Renault 5 Turbo, which hissed either to rally laurels or to fetch bread. Renault, that was once ...

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Ringing, the alarm clock is tearing off the dreams of Renault's past. Master, Espace or Kangoo - the supposed Renault presence determines high-roof boxes that cruise through traffic like a comfortable sofa on wheels. sport auto was lucky and lived 50,000 kilometers away from family carriages or station wagons in one of the last Renault driving fun enclaves, the Renault Mégane RS

What happened in the youth of the cheeky Frenchman, we do not know. The Renault Mégane R.S. was very healthy, but no longer brand new, when it was taken into the sport auto endurance test with a mileage of 16,549 kilometers. We weren't allowed to be there until the sporty compact car had reached puberty, when it bittered for the first time a little later at 21,084 kilometers.
The warning “Check injection” flashed in the instrument cluster. In addition, the xenon headlights flickered, especially during the fast chase over bumps, as if the delicate French headlight range control would be offended by the rough construction of some German roads.

'C'est la vie' probably thought the Renault dealer where the Renault Mégane RS then made an unplanned pit stop. By changing the turbocharger control valve, the service team eliminated the 'check injection' malus, but the fault in the trembling light unit remained and was not found until the end of the endurance test.

Performance increase at the push of a button

Despite this faux pas, the Renault Mégane RS made a decent appearance from the start. The compact athlete acknowledged every step on the accelerator with the emotionally aggressive hiss of the twin-scroll charger. While the sport auto long-term tester was still hissing with a 250 hp two-liter turbo, the R.S. At the beginning of the year faced a facelift. Activates the driver inof the revised version of the 'Sport' and 'Race' driving programs, the maximum engine output increases similarly to the special R.S. Trophy on 265 hp.

Instead of 245 km /h, the revised R.S. a top speed of 254 km /h in it. But whether with or without a power injection from 1.25 to 1.5 bar maximum boost pressure, the power French already gets going in the lower speed cellar. Turbo lag and subsequent slap in the neck? Nothing like that bothers the Renault Mégane R.S. the acceleration.

Convincing cockpit

'Why is the tachometer highlighted in yellow?' asked some colleagues , while online editor Carsten Rose was unable to read “the inclined speedometer at 50 km /h”. What is criticism for some is unimportant whining on a high level for others. In reality, thanks to the few switches, the cockpit impresses with its sober, functional sports ambience. The optional Recaro sports bucket seats with anthracite-colored leather (surcharge 2,300 euros) not only offer perfect lateral support, but are also so comfortable that long-distance excursions do not end in orthopedic treatment. The situation in the rear is different: except for small children, longer tours in the second row can quickly become a torture due to the modest legroom. But if you are in the Renault Mégane R.S. have to sit in the back, has already done something wrong from a sports driver's point of view.

The optional Cup package for the Renault Mégane R.S. is recommended

As a guest of numerous sport auto perfection trainings, K-PR 1259 sipped the Nordschleife air several times through its wide air throat. The optional Cup package (extra charge 1,590 euros) with a tighter spring and damper set-up than the standard Renault Sport chassis turned out to be a good partner on the Eifel roller coaster. The Renault Mégane R.S. It doesn't squat around the bends like the R5 once did, but rushes over the Nordschleife without a steep side slope or rocking. The driving behavior could do with a bit more French passion when it comes to the subject of “steering rear axle”.

Agile rear swings when braking or when changing loads are rather alien to him, unless he is deliberately provoked by jagged steering impulses. Then the Renault Mégane R.S. to the samba dancer. Otherwise it remains largely neutral with a slight tendency to understeer. Even with the ESP switched off, the R.S. easily controllable. With its unfiltered handling, it is more honest than some soft-washed compacts from the VW Group.

Thanks to the slotted brake discs also included in the Cup package, the Mégane R.S. Standard four-piston brake system from Brembo not only with acceptable deceleration values, but also with its stability. The mechanical differential lock with 35, which is also only included in the cup package, ensures good tractionPercent of maximum blocking effect. A wildly scraping front wheel inside the curve plagues the sports driver in the Mégane R.S. not.

Sensitive people, on the other hand, noticed slight drive influences in the steering when starting off, especially on ruts. Compared to other front-wheel drive vehicles, however, the car shows surprisingly little influence of the engine torque. Unlike the Mazda 3 MPS, for example, the Renault Mégane R.S. When you start the traffic light, don't hit the hook like a rabbit on the run, but trudge off unerringly with good straight-line stability.

Comfortable suspension setup

However, when it comes to the subject of 'chassis tuning for everyday use', the Gaul arouses feelings. At first it saw between the Mégane R.S. and sports colleague Claus Mühlberger looking for love at first sight. 'Steering, chassis and gearshifts are all beautifully direct' or 'no rocking horse' was noted by the apparently freshly in love at kilometer 27,173 on the test car map. But with the supposed dream marriage, the signs were soon like with Heidi Klum and Seal on the war of roses. After 64,716 kilometers, Mühlberger suddenly rumbled: “The suspension setup, which is far from comfort, is bad. It's not a Formula 3 car. ”

What else could you expect from someone who drives a Mercedes SLK privately and recently also Nissan Navara, some tongues in the editorial team suspected. But of course that wasn't the reason. As in real life, the change of heart was simply based on a new flame in the long-term test fleet of sport auto , which accompanies you on long journeys less crisp, but much more comfortable. 'The Scirocco R is worlds better,' argues the sports editor. Did our colleague mean the consumption?

Renault Mégane R.S. is a car that is easy to swallow

Let's just describe the thirst of the Enfant Terrible from the Renault sports department in Dieppe, France: The Renault Mégane R.S. can drink like the Rolling Stones in their prime, but also slump away with Swabian thrift. The fuel consumption is between 8.3 and 26.1 liters per 100 kilometers. On average, he swallows 12.2 liters. According to previous test experience, the Scirocco R is much more frugal. But the advantage at the gas station has to be retracted first. At 34,825 euros, the basic price of the German compact competitor is a whopping 7,500 euros above the R.S. entry-level price.

'A steadfast sports cannon,' said Wolfgang Brettschneider, praising the pimped factory Mégane. With numerous vehicle washes, the sport auto graphic director took care of the neat lacquer dress in arctic white. Refuel, wash, drive - unlike many other long-term candidates, the compact racer hardly strained the editors' nerves with its frugal manner. The Renault was parked outside the two inspections at kilometers 36,490 and 54,366Mégane R.S. Ready to gas at any time.

Shortly before the end of the endurance test, there was still a complaint in the endurance test class register. After his motorsport colleague Marcus Schurig warned 'cracking noises on the front axle', the hot Frenchman rolled back into the workshop. At km 54,366 Renault replaced the steering knuckle at the front right, the worn backrest cover of the driver's seat and the rusted wheel bolts.

We hope that Renault was not only so accommodating in view of the press vehicle and that the customers later with a 'Rien ne va plus “comforts.

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