Public debut due at Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
Rumours of Renault bringing its hot new Megane R.S. to Monaco have now been confirmed. The all-new 2018 hot hatch will make its first official public appearance during the Monaco Grand Prix this coming weekend, taking to the course on Friday May 26 for some laps at the hands of Renault Sport Racing Formula 1 driver Nico Hülkenberg. For the occasion, the Megane R.S. will pay homage to the manufacturer’s racing efforts by wearing a special yellow and black livery.
It’s not yet clear whether complete information about the new Megane will be released at the same time. Renault says the official unveiling for the next-generation Megane R.S. will still take place in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show, so the Monaco event could well be just a show-and-go occasion.
Rumours have suggested the Megane could go all-wheel drive to battle with the Ford Focus RS, but it’s widely believed that Renault will stick with front-wheel drive. That would place Honda’s Civic Type R in the Megane’s crosshairs as a target for the fastest front-wheel drive trophy, which the Civic currently holds.
“The Megane R.S. embodies the passion of every man and woman working for Renault Sport,” said Renault Sport Cars MD Patrice Ratti. “It is the ultimate expression of the savoir-faire we have accumulated through our countless successes in motorsport. Thanks to its extreme cornering efficiency, the Megane R.S. is extraordinarily satisfying to drive at even the most challenging venues, such as the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife in Germany.”
It certainly sounds like Renault is ready to have a go at Honda’s Nurburgring record. To help achieve that, expect Renault to endow the new Megane with 300 horsepower, either from a new 2.0-litre boosted motor, or perhaps the turbocharged 1.8-litre engine from the Alpine A110.