2018 Renault Megane RS previewed during the Monaco Grand Prix image

The all-new generation of the Megane RS hot hatchback has been officially previewed by the automaker during the weekend at the Monaco Grand Prix, taking part in Renault’s 40 years fo Formula One festivities.

The Megane RS wasn’t there just for show, because it was taken for a scenic drive around Monaco’s famous grand prix racetrack by Renault F1 pilot Nico Hülkenberg. The camouflaged near-production prototype was a great way for the make to honor its Formula One legacy, now spanning four decades, with the official introduction set to take place this fall during the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The first deliveries have been announced for the first quarter of 2018 and among the official details there’s a major breakthrough – the Megane RS will satisfy everyone, because owners will have a choice between a manual gearbox and the dual-clutch EDC transmission.

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“I don’t think we could have chosen a more appropriate or more impactful moment than the 40th anniversary of Renault’s involvement in F1 to launch a new model,” said Renault Sport Cars’ Managing Director Patrice Ratti. “We aim to make New Mégane R.S. the new compact sports car benchmark,” so we should hold that thought for next year when the French brand will most likely take a shot at taking down the Civic Type R’s record lap on the Nurburgring (7 minutes and 43.8 seconds, record for FWD production cars). Another major first is the switch from a three-door body to an exclusive five-door build.