Renault launched its latest hot hatch, the Megane RS, earlier today at Northpoint City.
The Renault Megane RS is the French carmaker’s latest hot hatch and it is available for the first time with a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Its predecessor, the Renault Megane RS265, was only available with a 6-speed manual gearbox.
The latest Megane RS has a turbocharged 1.8-litre 4-cylinder engine that sends 280hp and 390Nm to the front wheels. It can go from rest to 100km/h in just 5.8 seconds. Top speed is claimed to be 255km/h.
Power aside, the new Renault Megane RS promises better handling, too. It is equipped with a nifty rear-wheel-steering system – a first for this segment.
Said system works by turning the rear wheels in the same direction as the front wheels when the car’s speed is above 60km/h. Below that, the wheels turn in the opposite direction.
The carmaker says this gives the Renault Megane RS more stability at higher speeds and makes it more nimble during low-speed manoeuvres.
The Renault Megane RS is currently being sold at a special launch price of $164,999 (including COE).
Its closest rivals include a trio of models from the Volkswagen Group – the Golf GTI, Seat Leon Cupra and although it’s not a hatchback, the Skoda Octavia RS245.