The new dCi diesel engine pumps out a whopping 165 horsepower.
Renault has gone and done it again this time. The new Megane GT hatchback can now be optioned with a dCi 165 biturbo diesel engine that makes – wait for it – a whopping 165 horsepower (123 kilowatts). Joking aside, it is quite the addition to the range, accenting the 200-horsepower (149-kilowatt) gas option and offering a still powerful, but more efficient alternative – even if it is the last diesel engine the company makes.
Like the standard GT, the new engine will come paired to s six-speed automatic gearbox and 4Control four-wheel steering that adjusts the turn-in angle of the rear wheels and improves stability and maneuverability, so says the company. The spring and damper settings have also been adjust by the Renault Sport team to further prove its hot hatch personality.
The new engine returns the aforementioned 165 horsepower (123 kilowatts) and a combined 50 mpg on the U.S. scale (60 mpg U.K.), an improvement over the gas-powered version’s 30 mpg on the U.S. scale (36 mpg U.K.). It builds upon the dCi 160 engine already available in the Espace and Talisman, and introduces even more power and efficiency to the mix.
Along with features like four-wheel steering and a stiffer suspension, buyers should also be happy with the redesigned air intakes, honeycomb grille, and gunmetal rear diffuser. If you’re looking to really show off the car’s sporty implications, the optional GT-Line Full Exterior Pack adds dark charcoal sport seats with integrated headrests, and a perforated leather-trimmed steering wheel.
Renault is currently taking orders for the new Megane GT and Megane GT Estate with the new engine option ticked, with prices starting at €34,300 for the hatchback, and €35,200 for the most spacious estate. The standard gas-powered version, meanwhile, is cheaper still with a starting price of €32,200 for the hatchback, and €33,100 for the estate.