The all-new Renault Megane RS will probably have a lot in common with our speculative render showing how the punchy hatchback will evolve for the next generation.
Renault’s latest Megane already looks pretty sweet in the warm 202-hp GT trim, but it will be even more desirable once the range-topping RS variant will come out in 2017. The attached digital interpretation tries to see into the future of the performance model and Renaultsport has already announced the next Megane RS will come as a five-door hatchback.
According to the latest intel, the company with the diamond logo has plans to axe the 2.0-liter in favor of a turbo 1.6-liter taken from the Clio RS. That doesn’t sound very promising, but Renault’s engineers will work on the motor to squeeze more power than the 217 hp (220 PS) available in the hot supermini. As a matter of fact, Renault has already said the new Megane RS will be more powerful than the outgoing 271-hp model and it means output will be close to the 300-hp mark.
Regardless of output, we know from Renault the plan is to keep the Megane RS with a front-wheel drive layout. It’s unclear at this point whether the engine will be linked to a six-speed manual and/or a dual-clutch transmission. Don't expect electrification as company officials said it's too early to hybridize the model.
The outgoing coupe-only Megane RS will continue to be sold until the end of the year. The new one will likely be previewed through a concept in October at the Paris Motor Show before the production model will go official in 2017.