Com­muter and track racer in one

The Witness - Wheels - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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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.

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