Undisguised images of the new Renault Sport Megane filed on the World Intellectual Property Organisation website have revealed the new car’s design in full, ahead of its official reveal at the 2017 Frankfurt motor show.
Previously Renault has displayed the car covered in disguise graphics, but the digital images show the car’s lines without any camouflage – albeit in the somewhat odd-looking flat perspective that’s common to many patent images.
The broader wheelarches include an air outlet built into the front arch, while the central exhaust outlet is flanked by a meaningful diffuser. Previous pictures of the disguised car show its lower light units will form a chequered flag motif.
Choice of manual and auto gearboxes
The new Megane Renault Sport will be offered with a manual gearbox, Renault has confirmed.
Both manual and automatic dual-clutch gearboxes will be available, unlike the current-gen Clio RS available as an auto only.
Rear-wheel steering, two chassis options
Like the GT version of the regular Megane, ‘4Control’ rear-wheel steering will be fitted as standard. An electromagnetic actuator swivels the rear wheels subtly in the same direction as the fronts to aid cornering stability at high speeds, and in the opposite direction to enhance agility at low speeds.
As in previous Renault Sport models, customers can choose from two chassis (for which read suspension) set-ups: Sport and Cup.
The Sport set-up prioritises ride-comfort and is engineered to be the best fit for most regular drivers, while the more uncompromising Cup option is for hardy types and trackday fiends.
2017 Renault Sport Megane RS – what else is new?
You can read our detailed dossier on the 2017 Megane RS here , but we understand the car will feature a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with up to 300bhp.
When the new car was spotted benchmark testing with a VW Golf R earlier in 2017 the rumour mill suggested the Megane could turn to all-wheel-drive to best deploy its power, as has Ford’s Focus RS, but the Renault’s dual centre-exit exhaust suggests there’ll be no rear diff and propshaft and the new car will continue the front-drive layout of its predecessors. The four-wheel-steer system would be more costly to engineer in conjunction with driven rear wheels too.
This is the fourth-generation high-performance Megane in one of the most celebrated hot hatch bloodlines of recent years, so there’s no small amount of pressure on its wide-arched shoulders.
Renault has released the below promo video to accompany the launch of the new car, featuring computerised versions of the previous three generations of hot Meganes chasing each other around what looks like the set from I am Legend.