The New Renault Megane R.S. will be showcased at the upcoming Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix, from 26 – 28 May. The new Megane R.S. will be driven by Renault Sport Formula One Team driver Nico Hülkenberg on track for its premiere.
In 2017, Renault Sport celebrates its 40th anniversary yet its mission remains unchanged: to create a clear link between motorsport, the brand’s commitment to Formula 1 and its standard production cars.
Since 2004, the successive generations of Mégane R.S. have provided their owners with landmark innovations and technologies, from independent steering axis front suspension and a choice of Sport and Cup chassis, to Recaro bucket seats, Brembo brake callipers and innovative R.S. Monitor. Renault Sport’s staff are continually exploring new frontiers when it comes to providing customers with exceptional suspension and engine performance, along with aerodynamics honed for efficiency and the best of F1 technology. The successive generations of Mégane R.S. have all stood out as benchmarks in the compact sports car class.
Renault Sport’s road car range has long been driven by the experience Renault has forged in Formula 1 over the past four decades. The three generations of its flagship model, the Mégane R.S., have featured a raft of advanced technologies for almost 15 years.
Due to be unveiled officially at September’s Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany, all-new Mégane R.S. is poised to break cover in Monaco on Friday 26 May, driven by Hülkenberg. For the occasion, the car will sport a yellow and black livery to mark the 40th anniversary of Renault’s involvement in F1.
A glimpse at the second evolution of the Megane R.S.
The second evolution of the Megane R.S. from 2011-2016 was far more technical, yielding a brace of models designed with outright performance in mind, like the R26 and R26.R before them; the 275 Trophy and the Trophy-R. The former, as its name suggests, benefitted from an increase in engine output to 275hp and 349Nm torque while shedding a few kilos, standing out from the crowd with its Akrapovič titanium exhaust system. Offered as an option, Öhlins shock absorbers refined the car’s handling and comfort for the ultimate driving experience.
The Trophy-R, meanwhile, came in for the same treatment as the R26.R, with a weight saving of as much as 101kg in comparison with a Cup chassis mounted on 19-inch wheels. Only 322 cars were produced in this limited-edition run, and with 77 percent of its sales coming from outside of France and 21 percent outside Europe (with 50 cars sold in Australia and 60 in Japan, for example), it underscored the outstanding success of the Mégane R.S. on the international stage.
From 2015 to 2016, Renault Sport completed the production of the Mégane 3 R.S. by making the entire range available with the 275hp engine. a final gesture before launching a completely new generation. This model enjoyed a sneak preview at the Monaco Grand Prix ahead of its official unveiling during the second half of 2017, with one key objective, to continue the incredible success story of Renault’s pace-setting compact sports car.