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Renault Megane R.S. (2018): Driving report, data, prices, test

New Renault Mégane RS (2018) in the driving report
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E Finally it's finished: Renault has the new Mégane RS presented in Frankfurt, the sportiest model that the French currently have in their portfolio - and: a classic of the hot hatchback scene. The new Mégane R.S. nobody be, but maybe some expected more. Especially in terms of performance.

New Mégane R.S. with new 1.8-liter turbo engine

Because in principle the new R.S. with its 280 hp only marginally more powerful than the old Trophy version of its predecessor with its 273 hp. Renault has developed a new engine for the new top model - with the downsizing trend.

Not giving traction, despite all the power and performance. Even without the Torsen differential lock (which is only available in the Cup package), the Mégane pulls out of tight corners with a powerful and strong grip - but despite the decoupled steering axle, this is not possible without a little tugging in the steering. This is also the case when starting with Launch Control, where the R.S. lets the wheels spin for a surprisingly long time before it finds grip. So sometimes he doesn't really know what to do with his strength - as a real Mégane R.S. he should understand that as a compliment.

The Cup of Good Hope

The cup is even wilder with the standard Torsen differential that we used on the Grand Prix course from Jerez can drive. With manual six-speed gearbox. And yes, friends, this is the combination you want. With the Torsen diff, the Mégane pulls out of curves with a lot more grip and weight. The all-wheel steering stabilizes it in fast and agile it further in tight corners. Especially in race mode, in which the ESP is completely deactivated, it is thrillingly dynamic, without reacting so nastily to load changes as we used to.

The new Mégane may not be the wildest of its clan, but the most balanced and fastest. Around Easter he should be at the dealer. So cup for it.

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