• Sep 26, 2008

This image has been circulating the French motoring sites, showing what could be the new Renaultsport version of the automaker's new Megane which is set to debut next week at the Paris Motor Show. Although indications are that this is a Photoshop-manipulated image, it could give a fairly accurate preview of what the new hot hatch could look like.

Renault has gone to great lengths to differentiate the different body-styles in the Megane range, and the RS version would of course be based on the three-door hatch variant. The image shows a single exhaust exiting from the center of the rear diffuser, with jumbo 18-inch anthracite multi-spoke wheels and some extra aerodynamic body elements. We'll all want to know what will reside under the hood, likely to be a derivation of the current model's 2.0-liter four. The most recent evolution of the engine produces some 230 horsepower in the latest Megane R26.R track-hatch, but only time (and assuredly plenty of speculation) will tell how much power the first performance version of the Megane III will be putting down on European roads.

[Source: L'Auto Journal via Le Blog Auto]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks cool. It looks a lot like the Seat Ibiza.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The engine will be the current 230 hp 2.0 Turbo which is expected to give 280 hp with a bit of work, but it's a maximum and would more likely be in the 250-260 range IMO. Though it won't be easy to pass the power thru the 2 front wheels, the limited-slip differential of the current Megane R26 may help.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Kinda looks like what I imagine a Mazda3 coupe would look like.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If a Mazda3 Coupe looked ANYTHING like that, I'd be wanting me one of them.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Daaaaaaaaaaaaaamn.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like the love child of a Toyota Celica and a Nissan Morano.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Haha. I was going to say the latest-gen Eclipse and STi.
      • 6 Years Ago
      stfu, spammer.
      • 6 Years Ago
      looks like a mazda 3 on the side.. sweet...
      • 6 Years Ago
      lots of proportion cues from the Brera. that's a good thing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      hmmm looks kinda like a seat leon.
      Any way, that is one sexy ass and way better looking than the current megane rear end.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Whatever it is, it has a nice rear. ;-)
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