It might debut at the end of this month.

We’ve seen plenty of spy shots of the all-new Renault Megane RS hot hatch, but in all of them the camouflage was doing a good job at hiding the goodies underneath. Finally, though, an image showing the hot hatch’s rear end has emerged onto the web and we are happy to report it appears to be the final spec of the range-topping Megane.

Seen here in a bright orange shade, this near-production prototype is flaunting its wide hips and a beefy diffuser with a massive trapezoidal exhaust finisher in the middle. The redesigned bumper incorporates a pair of vents at its extremities and you’ll also notice the 'RS' badging on the boot lid underneath the right taillight.

Renault’s designers have also modified the roof-mounted spoiler as it now has an indentation in the centre, right above the third brake light. The sides of the spoiler have been painted in the same colour as the rest of the body, as opposed to the glossy black look of the more humdrum Megane GT model’s spoiler. Rounding off the changes are the newly designed black alloy wheels with fatter tyres.

2018 Renault Megane RS leaked image
2018 Renault Megane RS leaked image

As previously reported, the new Megane RS might debut on May 26: the Monaco F1 GP schedule includes a Renault Sport reveal that day. We can’t think of any other car, so this must be it, especially since the latest image comes to reveal the hot hatch is just about ready for its premiere.

There had been rumours about the model switching to an all-wheel-drive layout, but latest intel suggests it will continue with a FWD setup. As for power, it’s either the Alpine A110’s turbocharged 1.8-litre or a newly developed 2.0-litre unit. Regardless of what’s lurking underneath the bonnet, expect output to stand at approximately 300 horsepower channeled to the front axle via both a six-speed manual and a seven-speed, dual-clutch auto to please both worlds.

The Megane GT’s four-wheel steering will allegedly be available, but this time around buyers will have the option of choosing whether they want it or not: on the GT, it comes as standard, and you can’t ask Renault to remove it.

2018 Renault Megane RS possible reveal date


Following its possible debut at the end of the month, the new Megane RS should go on sale late 2017. We won’t be too surprised if Renault will once again go after the title for the fastest FWD production car at the Nürburgring. If that’s correct, the target is 7 minutes and 43.8 seconds, achieved recently by the new Honda Civic Type R.

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