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New-gen Renault Megane RS to start around $45K

Gains bro: Renault may have downsized the Megane RS’ engine from a 2.0-litre to 1.8, but at 205kW/390Nm, the new-generation version makes more power and torque than ever before.

Q3 Australian sale date confirmed for Renault’s Megane RS, Cup Chassis option in Q4

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RENAULT Australia will launch its flagship Megane RS 280 Sport hot hatch in the third quarter of 2018 from around $45,000 before on-roads with the option of a hardcore $1490 Cup Chassis Pack to come before year’s end.

The entry-level six-speed manual Megane RS280 Sport will be powered by a 205kW/390Nm 1.8-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, sending grunt exclusively to the front wheels, and aided through the corners by a four-wheel steering system.

While full local specifications will be revealed closer to launch, the Cup Chassis option will add 10 per cent stiffer dampers and a Torsen mechanical limited-slip differential (LSD) that has a broader transfer rate range compared with the outgoing model.

According to Renault, the LSD will help eliminate understeer, increase traction and sharpen the French hot hatch’s turn in.

Only available on manual cars, the Cup Chassis will be easily distinguished by red Brembo brake callipers and also features composite aluminium and cast iron brake discs.

The dual-clutch automatic version of the Megane RS is also expected to launch wearing a slight price premium, as well as more hardcore versions down the track.

For comparison, the Renault Megane RS 280 is priced above front-drive hot hatches including the perennial Volkswagen Golf GTI ($41,990), Ford Focus ST ($38,990) and new Hyundai i30 N ($39,990), but below the VW Golf R ($53,490), Ford Focus RS ($50,990) and Honda Civic Type R ($50,990).

Renault Australia managing director Andrew Moore said the introduction of the Cup Chassis option was in response to customer demand.

“Following the international launch of the all-new Megane RS, we received strong feedback from media, customers and dealers that they would like to have the option of a Cup chassis on the entry model Megane RS 280,” he said.

“We’re thrilled that the factory have supported us in responding to our customers and making this option available to our customers.”

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