The next Mégane Renault Sport will be available with four-wheel steering and will offer a choice between two chassis set ups.
Development of the car has been closely allied to the Renault Sport Formula One team, with lead driver Nico Hülkenberg carrying out track testing of the Mégane.
Renault claims that the fitting of its 4Control four-wheel-steer technology is a first in a hot hatch. An electromagnetic actuator mounted on the rear axle angles the rear wheels in a slightly opposite direction to the fronts when cornering, improving agility, cornering performance and steering precision.
Road or track
When the car goes on sale later in 2017 customers will be able to choose between the more user-friendly Sport chassis, or the more track-focused Cup chassis.
Power for the new Mégane Renault Sport is expected to come from the same 1.8-litre turbo engine employed in the upcoming Alpine 110 sports car, with at least 300hp. This should make the car more potent than its 275hp predecessor, which boasted a 5.7-second 0-62mph time.
The Mégane’s major rival is expected to be the Honda Civic Type R, the latest version of which will launch in July with again more power than its predecessor.