2016 Renault Megane GT Costs €31,900 in France, Making It Just €550 Cheaper than Megane RS

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December is the month of gift giving, but Renault isn't feeling too generous. The official configurator for the all-new Megane hatchback is up and running in several countries, and we decided to keep things domestic. In France, the hot Megane GT costs €31,900, which we think is too much considering the performance offered by the 1.6-liter turbo engine.
Of course, we're not saying that nobody will buy a Megane GT just because it's expensive. Otherwise, how could we explain why the A-Class, A3 and 1 Series exist? But at that price, the Megane GT costs just €550 less than the full-fat Megane RS 275, which remains on sale.

The bulk of the problem stems from the fact that all Megane GT models match their turbo engine to an EDC 7-speed dual clutch gearbox. On other models, that's a €2,000 option.

In exchange for a gearbox that does all the work, you are trading in some of the speed, as the Megane GT takes 7.1 seconds to reach 100 km/h, which is roughly 1 second slower than the 275 horsepower coupe. The upside is lower fuel consumption, but you should know that the GT is inferior in terms of steering, tires and especially suspension.

The GT is the only car that has mechanical steering with hydraulically assisted rack and pinion while all the others have electric power steering. But it's not a hooligan's toy, so don't expect the same level of precision that won Renaultsport all its respect.

Things aren't as bad when you take Volkswagen into consideration, as the Golf GTI with a DSG auto stickers for €35,480.

Oh, and do you like that head-up display they paraded in all the press photos? It's a €400 option. But there's no mention of 4Control anywhere, so all-wheel-steering might be standard. Red paint? How about €920 extra?
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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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