In this video you see the 2018 Renault Megane RS testing at the Nürburgring.
The next Renault Sport Mégane will come with a choice of two chassis settings and four-wheel steering when it is launched later this year.
The standard car will use a Sport chassis, which will be a softer, more road biased setup. But buyers will be able to opt for a harder Cup chassis, which will be catered towards track use.
Four-wheel steering will be fitted as standard, boosting agility and stability. The so-called 4Control system will be controlled by an electromagnetic actuator mounted on the rear axle.
Renault will also offer the car with a six-speed EDC double clutch transmission or manual gearbox. While European markets are expected to prefer the manual, markets in Asia will likely have more demand for EDCs.
The car will be the most potent Mégane produced yet, using a 1.8-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, shared with the upcoming Alpine A110, but ramped up to produce more than 300bhp.
The hottest version of the outgoing Mégane RS, the 275 Cup S, reaches 62mph from rest in 5.8sec. Expect the next Mégane to trim several tenths off that sprint time, making it quicker than the Honda Civic Type R which takes 5.7sec and close to the four-wheel-drive Audi S3 which needs 5.2sec.
Due to the lower and longer five-door only platform of the new Mégane, which sits 25mm lower and is 28mm longer than the old car, plus the use of wider tracks, the next Mégane RS is expected to have significantly more mechanical grip. It's therefore predicted to be a top contender to steal the Nürburgring front-wheel-drive lap record from current champion, the new Honda Civic Type R.
The car's design is more mature than some rivals, such as the lairier-looking Type R. Brand design boss Stéphane Janin told Autocar this was because he believed Renault Sport's next model would be better off flaunting its performance with raw pace rather than lairy design.
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