Renault Megane RS – premieră la Geneva 2009

Autor: Oraan Mărculescu acum 10 ani Prezentari

New Mégane R.S. is the latest addition to Renault’s line-up of
sporting vehicles and stands out from
the other models that make up the Mégane range through its styling
and performance which live up
every bit to the newcomer’s sporty pedigree.
In response to customer demand, New Mégane R.S. is available from
launch with a choice of two
chassis:
the Sport chassis, for everyday driving pleasure,
and the Cup chassis, for even more exhilarating track-focused
performance.
New Mégane R.S. is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol
engine. Peak power is 250hp, while
maximum torque stands at 340Nm which is available across a
particularly broad rev-band to deliver
a standard of performance that can be enjoyed equally on the road
and on race tracks.
New Mégane R.S. boasts a raft of specific equipment designed to
heighten driving enjoyment,
including R.S. Dynamic Management (which permits three ESP modes)
and R.S. Monitor (onboard
telemetry).
New Mégane R.S. is manufactured at Renault’s Palencia plant in
Spain, on the same production
lines as those of the hatchback, coupé and estate versions of New
Mégane.
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Dialled-in performance
New Mégane R.S. is the latest in a series of emblematic models that
have helped forge Renault
Sport’s reputation, from the R8 Gordini to Mégane R26.R.
Assertive, sporty looks
Racy exterior and interior styling of New Mégane R.S. takes
inspiration from the world of motor
sport.
Technologies that make a real contribution to travelling comfort
and performance
o Two technologies developed for even greater driving enjoyment:
R.S. Dynamic
Management (three ESP modes) and R.S. Monitor (onboard
telemetry).
o A raft of equipment usually associated with cars from the next
segment up.
Driving pleasure in all situations
o A choice of two chassis: the standard Sport chassis and the Cup
chassis featuring an
optional limited slip differential.
o The 2.0 Turbo R.S. engine: 250hp and maximum torque of
340Nm
o Powerful brakes with four-pot Brembo front callipers.
Safe sports performance
New Mégane R.S. benefits from Renault’s massive expertise in the
fields of active and passive
safety.
New Mégane R.S. features in the latest version of ‘Need for Speed’
video game: ‘Need for
Speed Shift’
Renault and motor sport: more than one hundred years of
success
The current economic situation and manufacturing strategy
New Mégane R.S. profits from the expertise acquired by Renault’s
Palencia plant in Spain with the
New Mégane programme.
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DIALLED-IN PERFORMANCE
Renault has been a major player on the international motor sport
scene for many years. The R8 Gordini,
the Super 5 GT Turbo, Clio Williams and, more recently, Clio
Renault Sport, Mégane F1 Team R26 and
Mégane R26.R have all stood out as emblematic ambassadors for the
brand on race tracks and rally
stages around the world. The current range of production Renault
Sport-badged models benefits
extensively from Renault Sport Technologies’ long experience of
competition and from the Renault group’s
manufacturing expertise.
With more than 21,000 units sold in some 30 countries since its
2004 launch, Mégane Renault Sport has
been a resounding success. In addition to topping its class in
France, Mégane Renault Sport is one of the
most competitive hot hatches around thanks to refinements that have
been introduced over the years,
including the availability of the even more efficient Cup chassis,
as well as the release of the radically
lightened R26.R version. Both Mégane F1 Team R26 and Mégane R26.R
are acclaimed for their highperformance
engines and chassis efficiency. They were each voted ‘Sporting Car
of the Year’ by readers
of the French magazine Echappement in 2007 and 2008 respectively.
Meanwhile, Mégane R26.R – which
still holds the lap record for its class round Germany’s 21km
Nürburgring Nordschliefe circuit – was named
‘Car of the Year’ by the British mag Evo and stands out as the
benchmark hot hatch of its class.
Renault Sport Technologies is a subsidiary of the Renault group.
Its overall mission includes three
principal areas of activity:
1/ the design, development, manufacture and sale of production
sporting models (Twingo R.S., Clio R.S.,
Mégane R.S.),
2/ the build and sale of competition cars for rallying and circuit
racing use (Renault Formula 2.0, Renault
Formula 3.5, Clio Cup, Clio Renault Sport R3, Mégane Trophy),
3/ the organization of international single-make championships
(World Series by Renault, Clio R3
Trophies) and Renault Sport Experience leisure activities (notably
Enthusiast Days and driving tuition).
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THE STUNNING LOOKS OF A THOROUGHBRED HOT HATCH
New Mégane R.S. features the same styling cues as New Mégane Coupé,
but it also exudes a distinctly
sporty feel thanks to several elements that take their inspiration
from Formula 1. The dynamic, sweeping
lines of the coupé version combine with a number of details which
recall the world of motor sport to give it
an even more assertive character, while pointing to the promise of
exhilarating on-road performance:
– the wheelarches are wider to accommodate the impressive 18- or
19-inch wheels,
– the front bumper incorporates a wide air intake and a Formula
1-type aerodynamic blade,
– the central exhaust tailpipe, diffuser and rear lip spoiler
reaffirm the car’s sporting credentials and
contribute to its aerodynamic performance,
– the front bumper-mounted LED daytime running lights highlight the
car’s piercing gaze.
New Mégane R.S.’s stance is uncompromisingly sporty – a sensation
reinforced by its striking launch
colour, Sport Yellow – while at the same time exuding a distinct
impression of robustness and stability.
Special attention has been paid to quality, too, as illustrated by
the design and finish of the 19-inch Steev
wheels which suggest a cocktail of refinement, advanced technology
and speed. The exterior mirror
housings, the aerodynamic blade incorporated in the front bumper
and the rear diffuser are all picked out
in gloss black, a further sign that New Mégane R.S. is not only
sporty but also chic and elegant.
BEAUTY WITHIN, TOO!
The cabin carries over the chic, sporty styling of the exterior,
and features a dark charcoal trim which
contrasts with the Sport Yellow rev-counter background and
steeringwheel stitching. The Yellow Ambience
Pack brings further touches of colour in the form of the seatbelts
and two-tone grey and yellow upholstery,
as well as the door-panel and gear lever knob stitching.
The driving position is unmistakably sporty, but also perfectly
comfortable. The front seat back and
cushions feature additional lateral support, while the driver’s
seat is fully adjustable (fore/aft adjustment =
240mm, height adjustment = 70mm), including adjustable lumbar
support. The heated leather seats come
with an electric settings-memory function. Those owners who enjoy
putting their vehicle through its paces
round a circuit will appreciate the optional cloth- or
leather-upholstered Recaro seats which are also
height- and fore/aft-adjustable.
The low seating position is comfortable, and the driver benefits
from efficient support, whether driving on
the open road or negotiating a racetrack.
The steeringwheel, too, is designed to be comfortable and sporty.
It is trimmed in full-grain leather and is
both height- and reach-adjustable to find the ideal driving
position. Its shape and integrated thumb rests
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ensure perfect grip, while the yellow centre-point marking is a
particularly useful feature when taking a
sequence of tight corners or when driving on low-grip
surfaces.
The competition feel of the driving experience is rounded off by
the aluminium-faced pedals and footrest.
Quality materials have been employed, while special care has been
paid to assembly excellence and to
the smaller details, with Renault Sport-badging visible on the
grille, tailgate, sills, headrests, rev-counter
background and dashboard trim.
COMFORT- AND PERFORMANCE-ENHANCING EQUIPMENT
New Mégane R.S. benefits from a raft of technological equipment,
including:
– automatic dual-zone climate control with three modes
(Soft/Auto/Fast),
– hands-free card with automatic door locking as the card-holder
walks away from the vehicle,
– the 3D Sound by Arkamys audio system, with standard RCA
connection or optional Plug & Music
connectivity (USB, jack).
– a choice of two navigation systems: Carminat Bluetooth DVD® or
Carminat TomTom®.
The analogue instruments of New Mégane R.S. are specific to the
model and are another feature which
provides a visible tie-in with the world of motor sport. In
addition to the warning light which recommends the
ideal moment to change gear, an audible warning also tells the
driver when the rev-limiter is about to cut in.
A new feature on New Mégane R.S. is the Renault Sport Dynamic
Management system which allows
the driver to choose the degree of electronic aid he or she wants
in different situations:
– ‘On’: the default mode when the engine is fired up. The ESP, ASR
traction control and emergency
brake assist are all activated. The system intervenes as soon as it
senses that the car is on the verge
of sliding. The pedal mapping ensures smooth acceleration, making
this mode ideally suited to
everyday use.
– ‘Sport’ mode, for less intrusive ESP action. This mode is
selected by a short press on the ESP
button. Although the ESP and ASR are still active, they intervene
at a later point and allow the car to
slide to a certain extent, so long as the skid doesn’t exceed a
given threshold. The pedal mapping is
modified to permit swifter engine response.
– ‘Off’ mode, for unfettered enjoyment, notably round a circuit.
This mode is activated by a longer push
on the ESP button. The electronic stability programme is fully
disconnected, while the pedal mapping
is modified to permit swifter engine response.
When the latter two modes are selected, the mentions ‘ESP Sport’ or
‘ESP Off’ are visible on the
dashboard display.
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COMPETITION-STYLE DATA-FEEDBACK
Another unprecedented new feature for New Mégane R.S.’s class is
the Renault Sport Monitor, an
advanced tool which provides the driver with real-time data. The
system takes its inspiration directly from
technology employed in motor sport and, until now, seen only on a
small number of prestige road cars.
The R.S. Monitor is an electronic system which enables driving data
to be collected via an array of
sensors. Drivers can scroll through the system’s different
functions using the steeringwheel remote
controls, and the following information is shown of the main
dashboard display:
data concerning the main engine functions (turbo pressure, oil
temperature) and brakes,
real-time engine performance data (torque, power),
transverse and longitudinal acceleration (‘GG’ display),
stopwatch, with memory function,
performance data, with automatic memorisation of best 400-metre
standing start and 0-100kph times.
The R.S. Monitor also enables the driver to modify the pedal
mapping. A choice of five settings is
available with the ‘Sport’ mode selected (‘linear’, ‘normal’,
‘snow’, ‘sport’ and ‘extreme’) in order to adapt the
car’s acceleration characteristics to the conditions or to the
driver’s wishes of the moment.
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EFFICIENT PERFORMANCE AND DRIVING ENJOYMENT IN ALL SITUATIONS
New Mégane R.S. benefits from the extensive work that went into the
chassis of Mégane R26.R, including
independent steering axis front suspension coupled with a
programmed-deflection rear torsion
beam.
In response to customer demand, New Mégane R.S. is available with a
choice of two chassis:
– the Sport chassis, which delivers the ideal balance between
sports performance and everyday
driving comfort,
– the Cup chassis which, combined a limited slip differential,
delivers outstanding traction,
particularly appealing to owners looking to enjoy themselves round
a circuit.
Independent steering axis front suspension (R.S. Performance Hub)
was first seen on a Renault
production car in 2004, with the launch of Mégane Renault Sport.
This arrangement ensures stable front
suspension geometry under hard acceleration or when applying a
significant amount of steering lock,
cutting torque-steer.
Compared with the first-generation layout which it supersedes, New
Mégane R.S.’s front suspension has
benefited from significant work into reducing unsprung weight. The
pivot, pivot carrier, and lower arm
which links the wheel assembly to the engine subframe are made from
aluminium, while ball joints
are now employed between the pivot and pivot carrier to reduce the
forces to which the steering axis is
subjected.
For optimal directional precision, the front suspension is attached
to a so-called ‘horned’ subframe, a layout
which ensures a level of transverse rigidity which is three times
superior to that of Mégane II Renault
Sport’s front suspension.
Meanwhile, the damper housing and shaft diameters have been uprated
on New Mégane R.S. compared
with Mégane coupé. This has doubled the stiffness of the strut and
optimizes maintenance of the front
wheels’ geometry under load.
The programmed-deflection rear torsion beam uses a new
closed-profile beam which ensures the
same level of stiffness for less weight.
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R.S. Performance Hub: the independent steering axis front
suspension
Renault Sport Technologies’ innovative independent steering axis
front suspension was first introduced in
2004 and is engineered to overcome the drawbacks commonly
associated with powerful front-wheel-drive
cars subjected to high forces, such as self-steering input through
tight corners and poor straight-line
stability induced by torque steer.
The steering axis of New Mégane R.S.’s front suspension has been
completely separated from the
damper, unlike on a MacPherson-type arrangement where the steering
axis is attached to the ball-joint of
the lower arm and the upper damper mounting.
The axis around which the wheel rotates is defined by the pivoting
link between the hub carrier and pivot
carrier. This has reduced the hub level offset (i.e. the distance
between the centre of the wheel and the
intersection of its rotation and steering axes) to 40mm, compared
with 56mm in the case of the
MacPherson-type layout used on New Mégane Coupé.
The front suspension geometry is consequently less sensitive to
forces and torque applied to the driven
wheels around their steering axis under hard accelerating and under
heavy braking.
The pivot carrier is attached to the lower rectangular arm via an
anti-rotation tie-rod.
The Sport chassis benefits from specific damper and spring ratings.
The diameter of the front anti-roll bar
is 23mm, while the stiffness of the axis is 19mm/100DaN at the
front and 25mm/100DaN at the rear.
Compared with New Mégane Coupé TCe 180, New Mégane R.S.’s anti-roll
performance is improved by
12.5 per cent.
The Cup chassis with limited slip differential: uncompromising
performance
The Cup chassis is aimed at enthusiasts who enjoy sporty driving
and fans of track days, since its specific
settings truly come into their own when the car is pushed that
little bit harder. Compared with the Sport
chassis, anti-roll stiffness has been increased by 13 per cent
thanks to a bigger-diameter anti-roll bar
(24.2 mm). The dampers are specific, too, while axis stiffness has
been uprated by 35 and 38 per cent at
the front and rear respectively compared with the Sport chassis.
Anti-roll stiffness at the rear has been
increased by 7 per cent compared with the Sport chassis.
The overall anti-roll stiffness of the Cup chassis marks an
improvement of 15 per cent over the Sport
chassis.
Equipped with a limited slip differential (LSD), Mégane R.S. Cup
chassis delivers genuine competition-type
performance. The LSD ensures optimum traction at all times;
whatever the conditions, however much grip
is available, whatever the diving style and whatever the type of
corner. The combination of a limited slip
differential and independent steering axis front suspension
minimizes the effects of torque steer and
permits the driver to profit fully from the extra traction for a
more reassuring drive.
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The limited slip differential also ensures greater stability under
braking. By kicking in immediately, it pushes
back the threshold when the ASR traction control intervenes under
hard acceleration or when the ESP cuts
in when turning into corners, thereby freeing the car’s full
braking potential. Improved turn-in performance
also means that the driver is able reaccelerate harder and
sooner.
In short, in addition to improving the efficient transmission of
power to the road, and thereby enhancing
performance, the limited slip differential delivers progressive,
reassuring handling which is appreciable
whatever the driving style.
Limited slip differential
The Cup chassis version of New Mégane R.S. is available with a
mechanical limited slip differential which
comprises a knurled helical gear, and satellite and sun gears with
parallel axes. The limited slip function is
obtained by the system’s mechanical efficiency. When wheelspin
occurs, the differential’s internal
architecture generates friction on the surfaces of the sun gears.
This results in a proportion of engine
torque being transmitted to the wheel which benefits from the most
grip.
The chief characteristic of this type of limited slip differential
is the fact that the transfer rate is determined
by the use of three friction rings (selected for their friction
coefficient) which are located between the sun
gears and differential casing. The transfer rate can be modified by
using friction rings of different
coefficients.
Since the faces of the rings which intervene under acceleration are
different to those which intervene under
braking, it is possible to achieve differentiated transfer
rates.
In the case of New Mégane R.S., the transfer rate is 35 per cent,
while its TBR (Torque Bias Ratio: the
nominal ratio between the torque of the wheel which benefits from
the most grip and the wheel which
benefits from the least grip) is 2.3:1.
New Mégane R.S.’s limited slip differential is supplied by GKN
Driveline.
Lateral cornering stability has been improved to obtain a
remarkable specific angle of roll, namely
0.31°/m/s 2 in the case of the Sport chassis and 0.28°/m/s 2 for
the Cup chassis (compared with an average
of 0.38°/m/s 2 for New Mégane Coupé, and 0.35°/m/s 2 for Mégane II
F1Team R26).
It is easy to spot when New Mégane R.S. is equipped with the Cup
chassis and limited slip differential
thanks to its red brake callipers and grooved brake discs.
18- or 19-inch tyres
The following tyres are standard for New Mégane R.S.:
– Sport chassis: the new Dunlop SP Sport Max TT (225/40 R18
Y),
– Cup chassis: Michelin Pilot Sport 2 (235/40 R18 Y), also fitted
to R26.R
A 19-inch option is available for both chassis, namely the new
Continental Sport Contact 5 Performance
(CSC5P) (235/35 R19 Y).
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Exceptionally powerful brakes
High-performance cars call for high-performance braking systems
that deliver both bite and resistance to
fade. New Mégane R.S. benefits from exceptional stopping power
thanks to its four-pot Brembo callipers
and 340mm diameter vented discs at the front, the biggest available
in the hot hatch segment. The front
discs are grooved in the case of the Cup chassis equipped with a
limited slip differential. Braking
performance is further enhanced by an 11-inch servo.
At the rear, New Mégane R.S. is equipped with 290mm-diameter discs
(again, grooved in the case of the
Cup chassis).
Sport-style steering
New Mégane R.S.’s electric power steering features the same changes
introduced on New Mégane,
although its calibration has been adapted to suit the new model’s
sportier calling. The system delivers
more precise feedback, with a progressive increase in turning
effort into corners and enhanced comfort
through turns. Its steering ratio of 14.75:1 is closer than that of
the former-generation version.
ENJOYABLE ENGINE PERFORMANCE
One of New Mégane R.S.’s major strengths is to be found underneath
the bonnet in the form its newgeneration,
Euro5-compliant 2.0 16V turbocharged engine (F4Rt). This powerplant
delivers peak power
of 250hp (184kW) at 5,500rpm and maximum torque of 340Nm at
3,000rpm, for a specific power output
of 125hp/litre.
This increase in power and torque has notably been achieved thanks
to:
– evolution changes to the turbo for even enhanced response at low
revs,
– continuously variable intake valve timing,
– revised fuel-injection mapping.
With 80 per cent of peak torque available from as low as 1,900rpm,
acceleration is smooth and responsive
thanks to the twin scroll turbocharger and continuously variable
intake valve timing.
To guarantee both performance and reliability, more than 25 per
cent of the engine’s components are new
compared with the 230hp version which powers Mégane F1 Team
R26:
– new intake ports,
– reinforced reciprocal parts (pistons and conrods),
– new air/air and water/oil intercoolers,
– sodium-cooled valves,
– piston ring carriers.
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New Mégane R.S.’s engine drives through a six-speed manual gearbox
(PK4). Compared with the
version of this gearbox mated to New Mégane’s TCe 180 engine, the
ratios are taller with increased shift
precision to give a sportier feeling. This new transmission enables
the engine’s inherent performance to be
exploited, with a 0-100kph time of 6.1 seconds and the 1,000-metre
standing start covered in 25.7
seconds.
New Mégane R.S. returns excellent fuel economy for this level of
power, with combined cycle fuel
consumption of just 8.4 litres/100km, equivalent to CO2 emissions
of 195g/km.
New Mégane R.S. is also equipped with a system designed to optimize
standing start performance. Known
as Power Start, this system functions when the car is at a halt –
with ESP selected – and allows the driver
to profit fully from the engine’s acceleration performance without
grip being lost.
Work on the intake ports and exhaust has also bestowed New Mégane
R.S. with a telltale sporty pitch
under hard acceleration.
Reliability, durability and endurance
To ensure lasting performance, Renault Sport Technologies’
development team has put the New Mégane
R.S. through its paces in a wide variety of situations, from
long-distance circuit runs to extreme cold and
heat, covering more than 300,000km in teasting.
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Sporting performance in complete safety
Renault considers safety to be a priority and a domain in which the
brand is known to excel. Renault uses
the findings of LAB (Accident Analysis, Biomechanics and Human
Behaviour Laboratory of PSA Peugeot-
Citroën and Renault) to design vehicles which are both safe and
adapted to real-world driving conditions.
New Mégane R.S. naturally benefits from Renault’s expertise in this
field.
A raft of equipment is included to help drivers anticipate or avoid
risk:
– seatbelt warning lights for all five seats,
– tyre pressure monitoring system,
– bi-Xenon directional headlamps,
– automatic headlamp activation,
– automatic windscreen-wiper activation,
– cruise control with speed limiter,
– ESP with understeer control,
– emergency brake assist.
New Mégane R.S.’s outstanding passive safety performance has been
achieved thanks to the same
systems which enabled New Mégane Hatchback to obtain the maximum
five-star EuroNCAP crash
test rating and the maximum possible score of 37 points from
37.
The programmed deformation of New Mégane R.S.’s structure has been
engineered to absorb impact
energy to protect the cabin and its occupants. The materials
employed – including high, very high and
very, very high elastic limit steels – have been selected to absorb
and dissipate as much kinetic energy as
possible. Controlled deformation ensures that occupants are
subjected to lower deceleration forces and
this, coupled with the third-generation Renault System for
Restraint and Protection (SRP3), guarantees an
extremely high level of protection.
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New Mégane R.S. features in the latest release of Electronic Arts’
‘Need for Speed’ video game
series: ‘Need for Speed Shift’
Following the successful inclusion of New Mégane Coupé in ‘Need for
Speed Undercover’ which was
released last November, Renault and Electronic Arts have continued
their association with the appearance
of New Mégane R.S. in ‘Need for Speed Shift’, the latest addition
to the NFS series which went on sale in
September.
Need for Speed’s development team were won over by the looks and
performance credentials of New
Mégane R.S., and have featured it in the game’s line-up of 70-car
line-up which that includes the most
legendary models of the past three-and-a-half decades.
Renault’s experts and developers from Electronic Arts worked
hand-in-hand for almost a year to make New
Mégane R.S.’s role in the game as lifelike as possible.
Need for Speed Shift delivers driving sensations on a par with
those felt behind the wheel of the cars
themselves, and its unique gameplay features provide players with
an unparalleled experience as they
embark on a tour of the world’s most legendary circuits.
Created 15 years ago, Need for Speed evolves from year-on-year,
enabling players to enjoy the thrills of
motor racing with increasing realism. More than 100 million copies
of Need for Speed have been sold,
making it the biggest motor racing video game franchise ever thanks
to its combination of prestigious cars
and incomparable technical qualities and graphics. The game is
developed and published by Electronic
Arts, the world’s leading video game publisher, whose products
constantly strive to push out the envelope
when it comes to innovation, player immersion and intensity.
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THE ECONOMIC SITUATION AND PRODUCTION STRATEGY
Europe continues to enjoy a buoyant hot hatch market which
increased threefold between 2001 and 2008
to grow from 10,700 to 32,800 units. The United Kingdom and Germany
account for 60 per cent of total
European sales.
The current year is expected to produce contrasting results, marked
by a significant downturn during the
first half of the year (down 40 per cent). However, there is a
strong correlation between sales and the
models available on the market, and volumes are likely to pick up
in the course of the second half of 2009
as the majority of the competition’s models are renewed (about 10
new models in total).
New Mégane R.S. is manufactured at the Palencia plant in Spain on
the same lines as the New Mégane
range. Specific investment was spent at the factory to permit the
R.S. version to be built on the main
production line.
The bulk of this investment covered acquisition of the necessary
assembly tools for body components such
as the front and rear wings, engine subframe, seats, specific
wheels and exhaust.
All the operators at the Palencia plant received specific training.
Their programme included the fitment of
exterior accessories, assembly of the independent steering axis
front suspension and installation of the
Recaro seats.
New Mégane R.S. benefits from same enhanced quality that is a
hallmark of the entire New Mégane
range.
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RENAULT AND MOTOR SPORT – A CENTURY OF SUCCESS
1899: victory for Louis Renault in the Paris-Ostend road race
1900: victory for Louis Renault in the Paris-Toulouse-Paris road
race
1901: Renault monopolizes the top-three places in the
Paris-Bordeaux road race
1906: victory in motor racing’s first ever Grand Prix (Grand Prix
de l’ACF)
1971: Formula Renault 2.0 created
1977: Renault makes Formula 1 debut
1978: the A442b wins the Le Mans 24 Hours
1982: the Marreau brothers win the Paris-Dakar rally in a Renault
20
1986: launch of the Renault Super 5 GT Turbo
1989: launch of the Renault 19 16V
1993: rally debut of Renault Clio Maxi and launch of Renault Clio
Williams
1995: launch of Renault Sport Spider and creation of the Renault
Spider Trophy (circuit racing)
1996: rally debut of Renault Maxi Mégane
1999: creation of the Renault Clio V6 Trophy (circuit racing)
2000: launch of Clio II Renault Sport and Clio V6 Renault
Sport
2002: rally debut of Renault Clio Super 1600
2003: creation of Formula Renault V6 (circuit racing)
2004: launch of Mégane II Renault Sport
2005: creation of the Renault Mégane Trophy and Formula Renault 3.5
(circuit racing)
2005 and 2006: Renault wins the Formula 1 Constructors’ world
title
2006: launch of Clio III Renault Sport
2007: creation of the Renault Clio Cup (circuit racing) and launch
of Renault Clio R3 / R3 Maxi (rallying)
2007: Mégane Renault Sport F1 Team R26 voted ‘Sporting Car of the
Year’ by readers of the French
magazine Echappement
2008: launch of Twingo II Renault Sport
2008: Mégane Renault Sport R26.R voted ‘Sporting Car of the Year’
by readers of the French magazine
Echappement, and voted ‘Car of the Year’ by the British magazine
Evo
2009: creation of the New Renault Mégane Trophy (circuit
racing)
2009: launch of New Mégane Renault Sport

07.03.2009: UPDATE FOTO &
INFO LIVE GENEVA 2009

Renault Megane 3 RSAvem
multe aşteptări de la noul Renault Megane 3 RS.
Dar am fost uşor dezamăgit. Şi nu mi-am dat seama de ce iniţial.
Poate din cauza faptului că pe măsura evoluţiei acestui model am
prezentat numeroase poze spion şi informaţii, astfel încât în
momentul lansării Renault nu mai avea cu ce să mă surprindă. Pe
urmă am observat câteva detalii precum jantele cromate,
evacuarea prin care se vedea ţeava rotundă
ce vine de la
toba finală sau chiar şi proiectoarele cu LED-uri,
car par un pic cam bling bling pentru o asemenea maşină. În final,
mi-am dat seama.

Maşina nu m-a surprins pentru că alături de ea se afla ceva mult
mai tare: Megane Trophy. Pe lângă acesta,
noul RS pare mult prea cuminte. Cu toate acestea,
aşa cum ne-a obişnuit până acum, se va conduce excelent şi cel mai
important, în România va avea un preţ foarte mic.
Prima opţiune când vrei să cumperi un hot hatch.

03.03.2009 (16:00): UPDATE
INFO

Gene de Formula 1 pentru RSNoul
Renault Megane RS este pus în mişcare de motorul turbo de 2,0
litri, care dezvoltă 250 CP/5.500 rpm şi un cuplu maxim de 340
Nm/3.000 rpm – o îmbunătăţire a valorilor faţă de
Megane R26.R
cu 20 CP, respectiv 40 Nm. Marele câştig al
motorului, pe lângă valorile sale foarte bune, este
răspunsul şi flexibilitatea sa în utilizare la limită
,
ajutat fiind şi de cutia de viteze cu 6 trepte.

La fel ca în cazul lui
Renault Clio Sport
, vor fi oferite două variante de setare
pentru şasiu: „Sport” (pentru cei care apreciază confotul unei
maşini sport) şi „Cup”, dedicată fanilor adrenalinei la volan, mai
ales că beneficiază de diferenţial cu alunecare limitată.

Servodirecţia electrică a fost calibrată special pentru un
feeling sport, iar sistemul de control al stabilităţii ETC este
deconectabil total. Lansarea va avea loc la finalul acestui an.



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