The current generation Renault Megane RS has ceased production but it’s not going to be replaced until at least next year, when the new version should come out based on the current hatchback.
We’ve always looked at the RS versions as some of the best in the hot hatch segment, which is why we were disappointed by the ongoing Clio RS which can only be had with an EDC dual-clutch gearbox. Fortunately it appears the next Megane RS is only going to have the EDC as an option – with the classic manual being the standard. Hearing that makes us all feel relieved and we’ll even let them have the five-door bodystyle – especially after hearing the model would be prepared to claw its way back to Nurburgring front wheel drive time supremacy. So, as a quick roundup, the 2018 Megane RS will be offered as a five-door hatchback, sport both manual and EDC dual clutch auto gearbox and its powertrain will have a tad over 300 hp. The new architecture from the latest Megane as well as four-wheel steering will make it a strong contender to the Nurburgring title, currently held by the VW Golf GTI Clubsport S.
The heart and soul of the next Megane RS iteration will be the new turbocharged 2.0-litre engine, packing at least 300 bhp and will be teamed up with a standard six-speed manual gearbox linked to the front wheels. A six speed EDC will also be optional for the first time and due to the different dimensions of the new architecture (longer, lower, wider track) the Megane RS is expected to again come up as a stability champion.