The four-cylinder 1.8-litre (1,798cc) unit delivers 280hp (205kW) at 6,000rpm with peak torque of 390Nm, a figure that puts it among the very best in its class.
The third-generation Megane’s 4CONTROL four-wheel steering, a global first for the segment, now affords the car’s Sport and Cup versions outstanding agility through tight turns and impressive cornering stability at higher speeds.
The Megane R.S. also gets four hydraulic compression bump stops, inspired by rally driving.
This configuration provides the Cup version of the car with optimal handling efficiency on all types of road, plus a level of comfort that is unprecedented in the car’s class for the Sport version.
Combined with entirely redesigned independent steering axis front suspension for even sharper precision, the Cup version’s new Torsen limited-slip differential improves traction and cornering speeds.
For the first time, the Megane R.S. can be specified with a choice of two types of transmission - a six-speed manual gearbox or six-speed EDC dual clutch transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle-shift gear changes.
Customers are also treated to R.S. Monitor onboard telemetry technology which, in additional to being more user-friendly than ever, has been upgraded to incorporate an ‘Expert’ mode that allows users to connect a camera, film their drive, play back and analyse their data, and share their images on social media.
For even greater road-hugging performance and high-quality dynamics, the new Megane R.S. is wider, features wider tracks and sits on new 18- or 19-inch wheels.
A wide air intake feeds airflow to the heat-exchangers for efficient engine cooling and the rear lip spoiler has been redesigned to generate additional downforce.