The least powerful gasoline engine is a 1.2L turbo that we'd pick over the 1.6L. It makes 100 PS at lower revs and delivers 175 Nm of torque. Their 0 to 100 km/h performance will be nearly identical at just over 12 seconds, but the smaller engine will be more frugal.
Renault also offers the Megane with a 130 PS version of the same engine. It gets to 100 km/h in 10.3 seconds with the optional EDC gearbox.Hey mister, want to buy some performance?
Right now, you can't buy an RS model for the hatchback, but the GT is pretty cool. It uses a 205 PS version of the 1.6-liter turbo from the Clio RS to get to 100 km/h in a respectable 7.1 seconds.
Has Renault become lazy? No, far from it, as the car is different in many ways to the Clio. For example, torque is up from 240 to 280 Nm, while the EDC gearbox now has seven speeds instead of six. The GT is also the only car that has mechanical steering with hydraulically assisted rack and pinion while all the others have electric power steering.
All Meganes including the GT have semi-rigid axle rear suspension, which is a real bummer. But that's part of how they saved so much weight compared to the previous generation.Diesels, lots of diesels
We've detailed the diesel engines in our previous story, and all the units are familiar. So let's just do a quick round-up before. You can either have the 1.5 with 90 or 110 PS or a 1.6 with 130 PS. The most powerful engine is a twin-turbo 1.6 rated at 165 PS and 380 NM of torque.
All diesel engines come with 6-speed gearboxes, manual or twin-clutch in the case of the dCi 110 (option) and dCi 165 (standard).
Renault hasn't actually built the Megane with a twin-turbo engine, so there are no specs for it. However, we believe it will do 100 km/h in about 9 seconds because the dCi 130 takes exactly 10s.