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Body style: Hatchback
Segment: Compact

While its three-door sibling rocketed to the top of the hot-hatch segment, the five-door version was the family car that could smoke many sports cars.

When Renault decided to enter into the compact hot-hatch segment, it asked the Renault Sport department to develop a vehicle starting with the Megane. The result was impressive, and soon it became everyone's favorite. At least in the countries where Renault sold it. The North-American continent never got it.

At the front, the RS sported a new bumper with a wide lower grille needed to cool the intercooler and engine. For safety reasons, the designers added a pair of fog-lights on the outer sides, which looked like they were aftermarket. Instead of adding some overfenders on the wheel-arches, they replaced them with new ones, and the same went for the rear ones. The doors looked the same as the rest of the Megane hatchback range, but they were lighter. Renault Sport made a new rear bumper to complete the sporty image and installed a dual exhaust in its mid-section.

Inside, the carmaker installed a full-leather interior with side bolstering fitted as standard, while it offered sports seats on the options list. The handbrake looked like an airplane throttle, with the locking button on the driver's side. Its keyless start and entry was also a standard feature. From the factory, the car came fitted with aluminum sports pedals. In the back, it was the same bench as in any other five-door Megane, but with leather upholstery.

Under the hood, Renault Sport proved its value and made a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that provided 225 hp. It was mated exclusively to a six-speed manual. As an option, Renault offered a limited-slip differential and a stiffened chassis, on the Cup option package.

RENAULT Megane RS 5 Doors 2004 - 2006 5 Photos
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RENAULT Megane RS 5 Doors 2004 - 2006
  1 gasoline engine
  • 2.0L 16V Turbo 6MT (225 HP)

RENAULT Megane RS 5 Doors 2.0L 16V Turbo 6MT (225 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0L 16V Turbo 6MT (225 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1998 cm3
Power
165 KW @ 5500 RPM
225 HP @ 5500 RPM
221 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque
221 lb-ft @ 3000 RPM
300 Nm @ 3000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
146.6 mph (236 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
6.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
6-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
225/40R18
DIMENSIONS
Length
166.5 in (4229 mm)
Width
70.1 in (1781 mm)
Height
56.8 in (1443 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.8/59.8 in (1,519/1,519 mm)
Wheelbase
103.1 in (2619 mm)
Ground Clearance
4.7 in (119 mm)
Cargo Volume
11.7 cuFT (331 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2976.2 lbs (1350 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4012.4 lbs (1820 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
20.5 mpg US (11.5 L/100Km)
Highway
33.6 mpg US (7 L/100Km)
Combined
26.7 mpg US (8.8 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
209 g/km
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