Commuter and track racer in one
RENAULT has shaken up the compact sports car segment by offering a four-wheel steering system in the new Renault Megane RS riding on the Sport and Cup chassis.
At low speeds, the rear wheels turn in the opposite direction to the front wheels, up to a maximum angle of 2,7 degrees.
Renault calls it 4CONTROL and said it really comes into its own on twisty, winding roads, the 20% more direct steering delivering incisive handling.
Hydraulic compression stops on all four shock absorbers smooth out the bumps and bigger brakes stop the RS in a hurry.
In the top end RS 280 EDC Lux, the 1,8 petrol engine is chipped to make 205 kW at a screaming 6 000 rpm, while 390 Nm between 2 400 to 4 800 rpm allows town driving.
The Lux rides five centimetres lower than the Megane, while the Cup has 10% stiffer shocks and a new Torsen mechanical limited slip differential.
The third generation of Mégane RS is now available at Renault. Prices for the five models start at R274 900 for the Expression, and go up to R549 900 for the 280 EDC Lux.