Having set a benchmark in the world of high-performance hatchbacks, the Renault MEGANE R.S. is officially back in Malaysia, sportier and even more radical before. Distributed by TC Euro Cars (TCEC), this next-generation Renault MEGANE R.S. is now available with a six-speed automatic Efficient Dual Clutch (EDC) transmission (AT) in addition to the customary six-speed manual transmission (MT).
The All-new Renault MEGANE R.S. 280 CUP comes packed with added new and enhanced technologies, proven through Renault’s passion for motorsports, to deliver excellent performance, handling agility and stability for a more exhilarating and comfortable drive.
Having raised the bar on handling with the previous generation MEGANE R.S., Renault’s chassis and suspension system engineers have pushed the limits even further by introducing the 4CONTROL four-wheel steering system – a world first-in-segment technology that further improves cornering efficiency. The system automatically adjusts the rear wheels to point in the same direction as the front wheels up to one degree at higher speeds and in the opposite direction up to 2.7 degrees at lower speeds. This switchover point is set at 60 km/h or 100 km/h in Race mode.
A second brand new feature is the addition of four hydraulic compression stops, a rallying-inspired technology, to all shock absorbers. In addition to improving the comfort of the suspension during everyday use, these hydraulic bump stops also filter out disruptions when adopting a sportier driving style, providing additional damping and eliminating the effects of rebound, which enables optimum control of tyre-ground contact.
The wizards at Renault Sport Cars and Renault Sport Racing have also worked their magic on the new four-cylinder 1.8-litre turbo engine by redesigning the cylinder head as well as integrating a new cooling system, an additional twin air inlet to the turbocharger and a chain-driven timing system. The modernised engine now delivers maximum power of 280 PS and peak torque of 390 Nm – one of the best in class. The 0-100 km/h sprint is achieved in 5.8 seconds with a top speed of 255 km/h (250 km/h for the AT).
Acclaimed on the previous generation MEGANE R.S., the braking system has been improved, offering drivers greater power, endurance and therefore confidence behind the wheel. The diameter of the front brake discs has been increased to 355 mm (+15 mm compared with the previous generation). Bi-material aluminium/cast iron discs help reduce the weight per wheel by 1.8 kg while improving cooling during intensive use. The brake pedal setting focuses on the accuracy of the pressure applied, enabling drivers to remain in complete control, especially on the racetrack.
The R.S. Monitor has also been completely revised, with a more user-friendly layout and more powerful features. This state-of-the-art on-board telemetry and data acquisition system gathers and summarises information from forty or so sensors spread around the car, enabling the real-time display of a wide range of settings on the 8.7-inch R-LINK 2 touchscreen tablet. Through this system, drivers can reliably check driving data such as acceleration, braking, yaw, steering angle, operation of the 4CONTROL system, temperatures and pressures.
For Malaysia, the All-new Renault MEGANE R.S. is available with the CUP chassis, which incorporates a new Torsen mechanical and limited-slip differential for improved handling during acceleration as well as deceleration.
Another new feature to the All-new Renault MEGANE R.S. 280 CUP is the five-door configuration, instead of the previous three-door version. There are also two new striking signature colours (Orange Tonic, additional RM8,000) to choose from, in addition to the classic Liquid Yellow on top of the standard Diamond Black and Pearl White (additional RM1,000).
The All-new Renault MEGANE R.S. 280 CUP comes with a three-year or 100,000 km warranty (whichever comes first). Test drives are available at selected Renault showrooms by appointments only and can be requested via the Renault Malaysia website.
Renault Megane R.S. 280 Cup — RM279,888 (MT) / RM299,888 (EDC AT)
– 1.8 turbocharged four-cylinder
– 280 PS
– 390 Nm
– 7-speed dual-clutch
– 0-100 km/h in 5.8 seconds
– Vmax 255 km/h (250 km/h for AT)
– Langkawi prices are RM149,888 (MT) and RM159,888 (EDC AT) respectively