Renault has inadvertently released a new teaser image of the new Renault Megane RS. The image comes in conjunction with the launch of a new website counting down the hours until the car is revealed.

Renault has launched a new website to mark the introduction of the Renault Megane R.S. The site includes a teaser image of the car, and a countdown clock until its Geneva Motor Show debut.

A three-door version of the car is practically guaranteed to rear its head in Switzerland, while a five-door version is said to be under consideration as well.

There is a striking similarity between the front end, shown in the teaser image, and the Megane Coupe Trophy, displayed in Paris last year. Shared attributes include the hood shape, side-mirrors, headlights, and air intake. The three-door model has previously been rendered as a high performance sports car with vertical doors, but with more conventional elements. After all, the hot hatch is meant to compete with the likes of the Scirocco.

The 2.0-liter engine should come from the Renault Megane R26, with tuning to produce 250 horsepower in total. There is some early speculation suggesting a 0-100km/h time of about six seconds when the driver uses the standard six-speed manual transmission. Other performance features could include Brembo brakes, limited slip differential, double-axis front suspension, and tighter power steering.

The new Renault Megane R.S. will be introduced to the public on 3 March at the Geneva Motor Show.

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