Renault Megane is feistier with new TCe 165 petrol option image

The French automaker is keeping the Megane series interesting by adding new options every once in a while, – late last year they gave a powerful diesel GT and now they’re looking to solidify their presence in the gasoline segment.

Now there’s a new option called the “Energy TCe 165,” a turbocharged four-cylinder unit that comes from other models in the range, and has 1.6 liters and 165 horsepower (121 kilowatts) at 6,000 rpm, with a maximum torque of 184 pound-feet (250 Newton-meters) from 2,500 rpm. It’s naturally a way to bridge the gap between the regular Megane and the GT version with 202 hp and 206 lb-ft (280 Nm).

The new TCe 165 option is fitted exclusively with the EDC seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic gearbox, and it’s capable of hitting 62 mph (100 kph) in 8.2 seconds before maxing out at 134 mph (215 kph). The company even presents the time for the standing kilometer drag race – it will complete the task after 29.1 seconds. Fuel efficiency numbers are also offered – 6 liters / 100 km on average with corresponding CO2 emissions of 134 g/km. At home in France, the Megane TCe 165 will come as a hatchback and station wagon, with prices starting from €29,100.