Monte Carlo or bust for new Megane RS
THE new Renault Megane is really rather good and comes highly recommended, but the one we have really been waiting for is the high performance Renault Sport version.
It is getting closer to reaching showrooms, after being shown at the Monaco Grand Prix with a coat of disguise paint during Renault's celebrations to mark its 40 years of involvement in Formula One.
Renault F1 driver Nico Hülkenberg drove the Megane Renault Sport around the famous race track in the principality.
Megane RS drivers tend to be at the more hard-core end of the hot hatch spectrum, so Renault has wisely decided to offer the new car with either a manual or a dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
Renault Sport boss Patrice Ratti said: "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.
"We aim to make all-new Megane RS the new compact sports car benchmark."
Hülkenberg said he had been involved in developing the car, and claimed to have been "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."
Renault says the Megane RS has, since the first version arrived in 2004, had a mission of embodying its "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," it said.
The car gets its full launch, shorn of the camouflage paintwork, at the Frankfurt Motor Show on September 12 and is due to go on sale in spring 2018.