Friday, May 26, 2017

Renault shows off the still camouflaged all-new Megane R.S - to be offered in manual and dual clutch forms

The New Mégane R.S. makes first public appearance in drive around Monaco’s famous grand prix racetrack by Renault F1 pilot Nico Hülkenberg. However, it is still in its camouflaged form so you cannot actually see how its actual overall styling looks like. It's still like a girl wearing a thin cloth veil over her face. 

You can see a glimpse of her beauty but it is still not as clear as you would have liked. It does look like an evolution of the current car though with the headlight styling cues from the Renault Koleos SUV and a bit of the racing chequered flag in how the LED driving lights located at the bumper are placed. 

It will be unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show only in September of this year and then, sales are scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2018 (over in Europe first, of course) and for the first time, customers will be able to choose between manual or dual-clutch EDC transmission. The previous/current Megane R.S was a manual only affair. This is a good thing as when it comes to selling cars in Malaysia, the self shifting gearbox will be more popular than the more traditional, more interactive manual transmission.

I suppose with the EDC transmission, it would be easier for someone to convince their other half, or even themselves that the Megane R.S could be their second or third car in their garage. Now, whilst it is a very good car, it is a small niche market player (in an already niche market) because of this. I predict that if and when it comes to Malaysia, it will see a jump in sales. I don't really know how much, but definitely better than before.

New Mégane R.S. offers sneak peek at Monaco Grand Prix

Monaco, May 26 – Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix is the backdrop for the first public view of New Mégane R.S. driven by Renault F1 pilot Nico Hülkenberg. Inspired by Renault Sport’s new visual identity, its smart yellow and black livery accentuated the new model’s assertive, ultra-sporty lines. “I don’t think we could have chosen a more appropriate or more impactful moment than the 40th anniversary of Renault’s involvement in F1 to launch a new model,” said Renault Sport Cars’ Managing Director Patrice Ratti.

Formula 1 driver Nico Hülkenberg did a brief exhibition on the track at Monaco to provide a sneak peek of what’s to come with the New Mégane R.S. But it was not his first time behind the wheel. “I got an opportunity to test New Mégane R.S. during its development and I was hooked first time out by the excellence of its chassis. Renault Sport has done a tremendous job on its performance credentials. It was a huge pleasure to drive it around the legendary street track at Monaco today!”.

Since the launch of the original Mégane R.S. in 2004, the model’s mission has always been to embody the passion for motorsport and make racing technology DNA an affordable reality for all. Renault Sport’s experts have once again used F1-derived technologies to produce a truly exceptional package of efficient aerodynamics, reliability, road holding and high performance.

“We aim to make New Mégane R.S. the new compact sports car benchmark,” added Patrice Ratti. To meet customer demand, a choice of manual and EDC dual-clutch transmission will be available.

New Mégane R.S. will be unveiled at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany on September 12, before going on sale in the first quarter of 2018.

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