Renault has introduced the New Megane GT dCi 165 Auto EDC, the flagship variant in the model line-up. Available in both hatchback and Sport Tourer bodystyles, the new twin-turbo engine is the most powerful 1.6-liter diesel available on the market today with power and torque output of 165hp and 380Nm respectively.
The latest addition to the GT range, developed and engineered by Renault Sport, the GT dCi 165 Auto EDC is ideal for drivers who like to access torque at low revs for enjoyable performance in all conditions. It is mated to Renault’s sophisticated, smooth-shifting six-speed Efficient Dual-Clutch (EDC) gearbox.
The GT dCi 165 Auto EDC is capable of 0-100km/h in 8.8 seconds with a top speed of 214 km.h (133mph), yet still returns NEDC combined-cycle fuel consumption of 4.6l/100km (61.4mpg) and CO2 of 120g/km.
The GT dCi 165 Auto EDC’s performance enables drivers to make the most of its Renault Sport-developed suspension and 4Control chassis with four-wheel steering for a safe, yet dynamic experience on twisty roads. At speeds of 80 km/h (50mph) in Sport mode and 59 km/h (37mph) in other modes the front and rear wheels turn in opposite directions, by up to 2.7 degrees at the back, giving the GT the manoeuvrability of a shorter-wheelbase vehicle. At higher speeds the front and rear wheels steer in the same direction, turning by up to 1 degree at the back, for greater stability. 4Control calculates the angle of the rear wheels 100 times a second and adjusts them as necessary.
Ride comfort and handling has been enhanced thanks to specific springs, dampers and anti-roll bar settings by Renault Sport.
Exterior and interior enhancements give the GT a more sporty and dynamic appearance. At the front, a wider lower air intake with a honeycomb-pattern mesh is flanked by lateral scoops. Dark metal, diamond cut 18-inch alloy wheels and door mirror housings match the finish on the front air scoops and rear diffuser. Iron Blue metallic body color is exclusive to the GT & GT Line range at £645.
Inside, the GT’s sports front seats feature additional lateral support to the base and backrest and integral headrests, blue top-stitching and a chequered logo. The upholstery options, in fabric or Alcantara, provide hints of blue, whilst the steering wheel is leather. The GT features an auto-dimming rearview mirror and chrome door sill plates with the Renaultsport logo.
Other amenities included in the newest GT are a hands-free keycard, automatic Dual Zone climate control, full LED headlights, a rear parking camera with front & rear parking sensors. adjustable seats and steering, an R-Link 2 multimedia system with an 8.7-inch portrait display, and the Multi-Sense system. Multi-Sense can be used to modify the throttle pedal and engine response, engine sound, steering weight, the speed of the Auto EDC gear changes, TFT instrument display design and interior lighting ambience through a choice of five colors.
The use of the Alliance CMF platform to manufacture the All-New Renault Mégane means a range of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are available to improve safety. Standard equipment for the GT Nav includes the Visio system (lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, automatic high/low beam), Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with traction and understeer control, ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Hill Start Assist (HSA), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), speed limiter, and automatic headlights and windscreen wipers.