We’d really like to spend the day with you here, talking about the Megane RS, but we can’t. This car is so sweet that we just can’t spend any time not driving it. That’s it, we’ve got to run. What’s that? How do we describe the car in one word? Precise.
Just kidding, of course we’ll tell you about the whole experience, with all the good and the bad bits. As you can imagine, we started our journey by going nowhere very fast. That’s right, our test kicked off on a racetrack. The limited slip differential (LSD) gives you a lot of peace of mind at the start, so you can be focused from the first bend.
The same piece of engineering makes it easier for you to negotiate corners without treating the throttle like it was a flesh wound. Now don’t think that you have to grab this car by the wheel and throw it around.
Like we said, the RS badge has brought a precise character, rather than a frenzy of emotions. The car adores explosive maneuvers such as Scandinavian flicks, but the thing it likes most is setting stunning laptimes. The car’s handling is very predictive and the Recaro seats allow you to feel every sigh or smile of the car.
The proof lies in the example we gave you in the test drive’s introductory part – the beefiest incarnation of the current Megane RS, the Trophy, managed to lap the Nurburgring Nordschleife in 8 minutes and 8 seconds, setting a new record for front-wheel-drive vehicles. You can read more about the feat, which also included outperforming the BMW 1M Coupe, in one
of our editorials.
The steering combines mathematical accuracy with literature-like communication skills. It seems to be borrowed from a race car, as the slightest turn of the wheel has an immediate result. This feels excellent on the circuit, as well as on the road, but can become a little bit tiring after multiple hundreds of miles.
Yes, the steering that go a bit wild when you combine full throttle with bumps in the road, but that is the only sign of torque steer you’ll ever get from this car.
On the road, the Megane RS gives you tons of confidence: the LSD will scare the understeer away, while the brakes will keep you from touching anything else than the road.
The RS monitor our test car was gifted with allowed us to easily keep track of its performance. The best example would be the 0 to 62 mph sprint time – we manage to finish this game in 5.94 seconds, so the car does keep its official promise.
Since we returned to the straight line part of the story, we have to mention that the Magane RS offers stunning acceleration up to 130 mph (210 km/h). Past this value, the speedometer’s needle still climbs in a decent way, but you don’t get the same rush. Continue reading
Hold on, Mary would like to say something...
Renaults are cheap cars, so why would anyone want to pay double for this Megane. Don’t tell me about the sport part - how much can a car be transformed by a few badges? Oh my, I get butterflies in my stomach when I accelerate and I can use the brakes to remove my make-up before I get to bed - I retract what I said. But I still don’t like it all that much. I don’t know what to say actually.
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