Renault presented the New Megane R.S. and SYMBIOZ at the IAA Frankfurt. The new, third-generation Renault Megane R.S. is now more powerful thanks to a new turbocharged 1.8-liter engine.
In looks, the new Megane R.S. is wider and has a larger air intake with wider tracks for 18- or 19-inch wheels. At the rear, the lip spoiler has been redesigned to generate additional downforce.
The styling of the new Megane R.S. incorporates numerous cues from the world of motorsport, including a rear diffusor, an F1-style front blade and a 3D honeycomb-pattern grille mesh that has been revisited by Renault Sport. Meanwhile, the sculpted, sensuous flanks that are a hallmark of the Renault Mégane are accentuated by the R.S. version’s wider wings and tracks. Renault Sport’s exclusive, patented R.S. Vision lighting technology recalls the world of motorsport and delivers a degree of visibility that is unprecedented in the car’s segment.
The new Megane R.S. is the first production car to feature the new Renault Sport badging which is common to both Renault Sport Racing and Renault Sport Cars, while a new dynamic body color (Tonic Orange) has been added to the list.
On the inside, careful attention has been paid to the interior which comes with sports front seats complete with integrated head rests, a charcoal grey trim, red top-stitching, fabric or Alcantara upholstery and R.S. badging. An R.S. Monitor onboard telemetry technology has been upgraded to incorporate an ‘Expert’ mode that allows users to connect a camera, film their drive, play back and analyze their data, and share their images on social medias.
Under the hood, the four-cylinder 1.8-liter (1,798cc) pumps an impressive 280hp (205kW) at 6,000rpm with peak torque of 390Nm, a figure that puts it amongst the very best in its class. The Megane R.S. is equipped with 4CONTROL, with four-wheel steering, a global first for the segment. For the first time, the model is offered with a choice of two types of transmission, namely a six-speed manual gearbox or six-speed EDC dual clutch transmission with steering-mounted paddle-shift gear changes. In keeping with the rest of the Mégane range, the Megane R.S. is equipped with Renault’s Multi-SENSE system which provides drivers with a choice between five driving modes: Comfort, Normal, Sport, Race and Perso. It also comes with a suite of driver aids (ADAS), accessible via the R-LINK 2 tablet.
In addition, the new Megane R.S. is differentiated by four hydraulic compression bump stops, inspired by rally driving. This configuration provides the Cup version of the car with optimal handling efficiency on all types of road, plus a level of comfort that is unprecedented in the car’s class for the Sport version. Combined with entirely redesigned independent steering axis front suspension for even sharper precision, the Cup version’s new Torsen limited slip differential improves traction and cornering speeds.
Renault Sport will be introducing a 300-horsepower ‘Trophy’ version of the new Megane R.S. at the end of 2018.
Alongside the Megane R.S., the SYMBIOZ Concept shares the limelight at Messe Frankfurt. The SYMBIOZ extends the vision of autonomous, electric and connected cars to a time when vehicles fully interact with connected homes, cities, other vehicles and road infrastructure and become even more personal in the travel, energy and entertainment preferences of people who use them. The revelation of a concept car associated with a connected home is unprecedented at a motor show. SYMBIOZ demonstrates dynamic scenarios where the car is put to use in different places within and around the home and while travelling.
The Renault SYMBIOZ concept is powered by all-electric motors in line with the Brand’s intent to continue to pursue its Zero Emissions strategy.