Renault’s Megane GT previewed at Malaysia Autoshow 2017, to be displayed in selected showrooms in coming weeks


Renault’s new Megane GT is currently being showcased at the Malaysia Autoshow 2017, which takes place from 9-12th November. If you don’t already know, the new Megane GT gets Renault’s Energy TCe 205 petrol engine, which is mated to a seven-speed EDC dual clutch automatic transmission, giving a healthy 205 PS at 6,000 rpm and 280 Nm from 2,400 rpm. Despite not being the spiciest hot-hatch in the fleet, the Megane GT still manages the century sprint in just 7.1 seconds, all while offering a claimed fuel efficiency of up to 6L/100km.

Thanks to know-how tech by Renault Sport, the Megane GT will be the first car in the C-segment to offer 4CONTROL system with four-wheel steering, calibrated by engineers from Renault Sport, and bolted onto a bespoke chassis. The 4CONTROL system is Renault’s innovation that controls he alignment of the rear wheels, helping to provide sportier response as well as exceptional driving enjoyment and added safety.

At speeds of less than 80km/h in Sport mode and 60km/h in other modes, the front and rear wheels turn in opposite directions, by up to 2.7 degrees at the back, giving the new Megane 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 one degree at the back, for greater stability. 4CONTROL calculates the angle of the rear wheels 100 times a second and adjusts them as necessary.

Rounding up the chassis package is a special set of calibrations (for dampers, springs, ESP, brakes, etc.) that maintains the same high levels of comfort and versatility. The suspension of the new Renault Megane GT has also been fine-tuned by Renault Sport engineers. The new Megane GT also incorporates new technologies specially developed by Renault Sport, namely Multi Change Down, which enables rapid downshifting, as well as Launch Control for a complete bag of party tricks.

“Today, we are displaying the new Megane GT to showcase the latest face of the new generation Megane, which features dynamic lines, sports-focused interior and powerful engine. The Megane GT will give Malaysians a sense of the Megane R.S. to come in the future. We also are displaying the latest Renault line-up with the new Renault design philosophy such as the Captur, Koleos and Clio GT Line,” said Kuan Kim Luen, CEO, TC Euro Cars Sdn Bhd.

With a footprint of 4,356mm length, 1,814mm width and a wheelbase of 2,670mm, the new Megane GT actually sits larger in size against its rivals. The new Megane GT features Renault’s frontal identity, including a large, upright diamond logo and a broad grille, while quality chrome trim has been employed both at the front and along the sides (window surrounds, side badging and door handles). Two chrome-plated exhaust tailpipes echo the style of the twin air scoops at the front to provide a sense of symmetry. These tailpipes flank a diffuser that takes its inspiration from the world of Formula 1.

To further reinforce the brand’s visual identity, the new Renault Megane GT features a distinctive lighting signature both front and rear, by day as well as by night. At the front, Pure Vision full LED headlamps with daytime running lights provide a C-shaped signature that extends down to the bumper to assert the car’s frontal identity while delivering a significant improvement in night-time vision compared with halogen lighting systems. The rear LED light unit feature tail lights that are permanently illuminated.
This novel horizontal signature helps accentuate the car’s width. Thanks to new Edge Light technology, it provides a slender 3D brush stroke effect that emits a deep red light. Wrapping all this up are ‘GT’ badges on the front grille, ‘GT’ and ‘Renault Sport’ badges on the tailgate as well as 17-inch alloy wheels complete the dynamic looks of this performance hatchback.
The new Megane GT was brought in specifically for display at the Malaysia Autoshow Event 2017, and will also be on display at selected Renault showrooms in upcoming weeks. The schedule will be available on the Renault Malaysia Facebook page as well as on their website.

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From supercar spotting on the streets of Kuala Lumpur, Won has moved onto the realms of motoring journalism since 2011. He has a keen eye for automotive photography, a penchant for fast cars, and the occasional hunger for munching corners.

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