Renault has earned its place as a major player in the hot hatch game. But with new contenders like the MINI JCW and Alfa GTA going for the throne, Renault knew it would have to show some new moves to stay competitive. Fortunately, it brought out a slick new Megane to replace the out-going version, leaving Renaultsport enthusiasts drooling for a performance variant. Renault finally obliged at the Geneva Motor Show this week with the highly-anticipated new Megane RS.
Packing a 250-horsepower 2.0-litre 16-valve turbo four, it’s the most powerful version yet with a full 20hp more than the last ultimate R26.R. Buyers can choose right off the bat between the Sport and Cup chassis (the Cup has a limited slip differential). Styling cues are borrowed from the Trophy racer concept that debuted at last year’s Paris Motor Show, complete with front grille splitter and center-exit exhaust, all of which makes for one agressive French beast.