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Renault Mégane R.S. – all you need to know about the 276bhp hot hatch

Written by: Neil

The new Renault Mégane R.S. promises to be a rather special hot hatch and the French car maker has revealed all on the model ahead of its arrival this July.

Available to order now, the Mégane R.S. will set you back upwards of £27,495, and anyone who completes their order in May will receive a free ‘Cup Chassis Pack’ upgrade worth £1,500.

This cost-free bonus adds a limited slip differential, red brake calipers, stiffer springs and dampers and anti-roll bar to achieve a more engaging and aggressive drive.

Under the bonnet is a 1.8-litre petrol engine, pumping out 276bhp at 6,000 rpm and 390Nm of torque.

Linked to a six-speed manual gearbox, it can race up to 62mph from rest in 5.8 seconds with a top speed of 158mph.

That top speed drops to 155mph for the six-speed automatic, but it is marginally greener, emitting 155g/km of CO2 at 40.9mpg combined, compared to 161g/km and 39.7mpg in the manual). Opting for the auto does bolt an extra £1,700 onto the asking price though (£29,195).

For that kind of money, you can expect a super-sporty interior with chrome-plated R.S. door sills, custom R.S. roof lining and sports seats with dark carbon R.S. upholstery. The driver also gets a nappa perforated leather steering wheel and gear gaiter.

The Mégane R.S. sets itself apart from the conventional model with gun metal grey ‘Estoril’ 18-inch alloy wheels, a custom front bumper, F1-style blade and honeycomb front grille and rear bumper with functioning diffuser and central exhaust.

Other kit coming as standard includes rear parking sensors, a seven-inch touchscreen, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, hands-free keycard with automatic locking, hill start assist, ESC, ABS and heated electric door mirrors.

However, you’ll have to pay extra for the opening sunroof, 8.7-inch portrait touchscreen, alcantara seats and eight-speaker Bose sound system, hands-free parking, rear parking camera, blind spot warning and adaptive cruise control.

The Mégane R.S. brings Renault’s 4Control system to a hot hatch for the first time.

This advanced four-wheel-steer system turns the wheels in the same direction for increased stability and helps the driver position the car on the right line through corners in order to accelerate as quickly and as efficiently as possible.

Stephen Hasley, brand manager at Petrol News, comments: “This might not be the most vicious hot hatch we’ll ever drive but it is well-priced and promises thrills a plenty.”

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