The French automaker’s Renault Sport division has recently announced the Megane III RS is getting ready for some relaxation after seven years of production, with production of the high-performance coupe now discontinued.
The first time the model was seen was during the 2009 Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix, and the hardcore hot hatch has been manufactured in about 30,000 examples at the company’s plant in Palencia, Spain from where it reached more than 30 markets in search of willing customers. The model was accessible in Europe, but also other markets such as apan, China, Singapore, South Africa, Australia, and others. With such a lengthy life cycle, the interest was kept up by releasing special editions – such as the 275 Trophy-R which brought down the record on the Nürburgring for a front-wheel drive model in June 2014 with a time of 7 minutes and 54.36 seconds (Now the holder is the VW Golf GTI Clubsport S with 7:49.21).
Next up is the fourth iteration of the Megane RS series, with Renault already out and about testing it – the main novelty being the switch from coupe to regular five-door hatchback body style. According to the slew of rumors about the model, we should expect it to become official sometimes next year with a heart and soul of about 300 horsepower. The engine under the hood could be a completely new 1.8 liter turbo that would also be fitted under the bonnets of the new Alpine models.