Renault has announced the current Megane RS coupe will be on sale until the end of 2016.
The fourth generation Megane was unveiled recently but only as a five-door hatchback and according to Renault Sport's global boss Regis Fricotte the wagon and the coupe will remain in production for a while. The range-topping RS version will actually solider on until the end of next year and there will be a gap between the old and the new one.
While the current RS is a coupe, its successor will take the shape of a five-door hatchback as Renault says it's important for the car to remain practical and this is the same logic they used for the Clio RS. That being said, Fricotte went on to specify they can make the hatchback look very sporty as a way to compromise for not coming out with a coupe.
In terms of engine output, the next generation Megane RS will be more powerful according to Fricotte which means that it could have up to 300 PS (224 kW) whereas the current car packs a 275 PS (202 kW) punch. The decision to boost output has been taken as a measure to keep up with the competition and the new model could still have a six-speed manual gearbox, although Fricotte admits it could become an EDC-only model like the Clio RS. He didn't rule out the possibility of providing both transmissions for the new Megane RS and he also said the model will certainly remain FWD.
As far as a hybrid powertrain is concerned, Fricotte said it's too early to talk about that and it definitely won't come on the new Megane RS.