Renault unveils and details SYMBIOZ concept in Frankfurt

Isaac Cain
September 12, 2017

That's why the front fenders have been widened by a considerable 60mm and the Megane RS nose gets a wider front bumper that incorporates plenty of extra cooling and even Formula 1-style aero blades.

The aggressive styling continues at the back where a central exhaust sits with the rear diffuser. Renault has ditched the old 2.0-litre turbo for the last Megane RS infavour of a 1.8-litre turbo four-cylinder. A new body colour, Volcanic Orange replaces Renault Sport's iconic Liquid Yellow.

Unusually, Renault Sport has confirmed a 221kW "Trophy" version of the Megane RS to be released towards the end of 2018. The auto will be available with either a six-speed manual transmission or-for the first time in a Megane R.S. -an automatic in the form of a six-speed EDC dual-clutch transmission. Customers will get a choice of 6-speed manual gearbox or 6-speed EDC automatic.

One cool class-exclusive feature of the Renault Megane R.S. is 4Control four-wheel steering, which should give the vehicle exceptional agility at high speeds.

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Five driving modes (Comfort, Normal, Sport, Race and Perso) accessed via the Megane's digital display tailor the car's steering, throttle and transmission setup accordingly. However, Renault claims that 4WS is a first for the hot hatch segment.

All-wheel steering is also standard, however, sadly it appears that only cars equipped with the Cup chassis will come fitted with a Torsen limited-slip differential, a key feature of the previous-generation Megane RS. The cockpit is finished in charcoal grey with red top-stitching and a choice of two upholsteries "carbon fibre weave" or Alcantara.

The Megane RS will also be available with both a Sport chassis and a hardcore Cup chassis with all versions coming with all-round hydraulic bump stops. The R-LINK 2 system features a new RS Monitor, which tracks and records the car's telemetry and driver performance.

Set to go on sale in all markets - including Australia - in the first quarter of 2018, with local pricing expected to dip below $50,000 to help it go head-to-head with the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

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