RE: 2020 Megane RS spied without camouflage

RE: 2020 Megane RS spied without camouflage

Tuesday 3rd September

2020 Megane RS spied without camouflage

Light aesthetic alterations could be joined by more substantial chassis updates



While the all-wheel steer chassis of the current Megane RS has consistently split opinion, one thing most people can agree on is that this is the looker of hot hatchdom in 2019. Renault Sport’s wide-arched and purposefully squat five-door has a sweet blend of aggression and maturity, and that mix has arguably become the car’s biggest pull factor in its battle against the Civic Type R. It therefore comes as little surprise to see that design alterations due with the facelifted Megane RS in 2020 will be minimal, with the only visible changes to a spied test car located in the internals of its front and rear lights.

Note the cleaner design in the cluster of the photographed Meg’s headlights, where two new horizontal LED strips are the most notable additions. The trend continues at the back, where the white upper section of the present RS’s light strips are now coloured red, making for a simpler design – and backing suggestion that Renault will further contrast the cluttered design of Honda’s class-leading hot hatch. Nevertheless, it won’t shift too far from the 2018 original, hence bumpers, wings and even wheels that are recognisable from today’s model. We’re guessing it’s a similar story inside, too.


Will Renault Sport up the performance of its turbocharged 1.8-litre? We know the four-pot can handle 300hp thanks to the Trophy, but unless the following facelift of that car gets a bump in power – and so far, few have even bothered to speculate such a scenario – it seems unlikely that Renault Sport would want to shrink the advantage. The division has been saying since its Megane launched in 2018 that handling and driveability are the main priorities, which it emphasised by breaking the front-wheel drive lap record at the ‘Ring with the lighter but no more powerful (and £70k) Trophy-R. So perhaps the standard car will retain 280hp but receive a few tweaks underneath.

The present Megane’s ride is pretty firm, especially when compared to the adaptive damper Civic, which has an even broader range of ride adjustability than the Hyundai i30 N. It’s therefore plausible that Renault is working to extend the working range of the RS’s passive setup – the firm certainly has a good history in tuning shock absorbers with a facelift. Changes to the all-wheel steer setup are also possible, what with the present Megane RS’s two rotating axles yet to match the fluidity of Honda’s Civic chassis. Again, Dieppe’s engineers have history in bettering new hardware after an update.

The launch of Renault Sport’s updated Megane RS could therefore mark the point at which this generation finds its form. Don’t forget that it took an update to turn the previous Meg from slight disappointment to becoming a driver’s favourite – and then, eventually, a Renault Sport legend. Sure, the job might be a little harder given the complexity of today’s Megane, not to mention the supremacy of Honda’s rival and the excitement offered by Hyundai’s alternative. But with the Meg and last RS Clio failing to emulate the success of their predecessors, we’re expecting a big push from the French performance division. We’ll know more when the covers come off officially in the coming months, before cars hit the road in early 2020.


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Frimley111R

Original Poster:

9,954 posts

179 months

Tuesday 3rd September
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Seems very early for a facelift?

I do hope they changed that central screen with its big thick edge which looks very dated. Apart from that it's still very new.

heisthegaffer

1,248 posts

143 months

Wednesday 4th September
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I've said it before and I'll say it again, this is a cracking looking motor with more than a hint of Integrale about it with the wide arch, looking squat.

Particularly in that yellow.

Absolutely lovely.

scottygib553

161 posts

40 months

Wednesday 4th September
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Frimley111R said:
Seems very early for a facelift?

I do hope they changed that central screen with its big thick edge which looks very dated. Apart from that it's still very new.
While the Megane RS has not be out that long, the original car is from 2016 so would be due a facelift soon.

Frimley111R

Original Poster:

9,954 posts

179 months

Wednesday 4th September
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scottygib553 said:
Frimley111R said:
Seems very early for a facelift?

I do hope they changed that central screen with its big thick edge which looks very dated. Apart from that it's still very new.
While the Megane RS has not be out that long, the original car is from 2016 so would be due a facelift soon.
Fair point.

thelostboy

3,463 posts

170 months

Wednesday 4th September
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heisthegaffer said:
I've said it before and I'll say it again, this is a cracking looking motor with more than a hint of Integrale about it with the wide arch, looking squat.

Particularly in that yellow.

Absolutely lovely.
From many angles it looks great; purposeful as you say. But the front still looks odd to me - needs a deeper front bumper or splitter to balance out that huge Renault nose.

foxhounduk

219 posts

125 months

Wednesday 4th September
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This car, in Sainsbury's orange colour, is just immense to look at. Looks purposeful and mean. Love it.

Jon_S_Rally

539 posts

33 months

Thursday 5th September
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I am a bit confused by the comment in this article about the previous gen Megane being a bit of a disappointment? Was it? To my knowledge, the 250 was very well-regarded right from the start.

The 225 wasn't, but then evolved and got a lot better, but the MK3 R.S. Megane was always considered very, very good.

Drekly

34 posts

3 months

Thursday 5th September
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Jon_S_Rally said:
I am a bit confused by the comment in this article about the previous gen Megane being a bit of a disappointment? Was it? To my knowledge, the 250 was very well-regarded right from the start.

The 225 wasn't, but then evolved and got a lot better, but the MK3 R.S. Megane was always considered very, very good.
4 and a half stars with evo was not a bad start
https://www.evo.co.uk/renault/megane-rs-250-cup

They seem to be reviewing the Sport and Cup at the same time.

But they've made a rod for their own back now, fannying about and tweaking it to deliver a slightly different model every 6 months. It is going to put buyers, especially early adopters, off if they know there is always going to be an improved version a few months later. And they will depreciate even more as a result.
To be fair to Renault, VW seems to have been copying that approach having 6 different versions of Golf GTI in the last couple of years.

nickfrog

10,163 posts

162 months

Thursday 5th September
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The irony is that an original 250 Cup had exactly the same chassis and set up as a late 275 Cup-S. It's all down to the fact that those cars simply take a while to appreciate and don't particularly shine on the road at 7/10ths. They only start working beyond that which is mostly on the track.

nunpuncher

1,292 posts

70 months

Thursday 5th September
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Looks the same to me.

Which is actually a good thing because it looked pretty good anyway.

JDowling91

1 posts

37 months

Thursday 5th September
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I'm not doubting this megane like all other Megane RS have been fantastic to blast on A / B roads or on track. The looks are the only thing lacking in current Hot Hatch models, the Civic Type R as ever is well out there. The Focus bit bland for an RS, BMW 140, is a 116i msport in drag. A class and Megane are essentially the same car now a days and looking at this Megane I see A45 all over it. So I'm sorry I'll be sticking to my slightly slower 2009 focus rs as still the best looking hot hatch out there. As looking back as you walk away from the car park at the nurburgring to see your car as equally as important as your sub 9 minute lap round ✌️

Jon_S_Rally

539 posts

33 months

Thursday 5th September
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Drekly said:
4 and a half stars with evo was not a bad start
https://www.evo.co.uk/renault/megane-rs-250-cup

They seem to be reviewing the Sport and Cup at the same time.

But they've made a rod for their own back now, fannying about and tweaking it to deliver a slightly different model every 6 months. It is going to put buyers, especially early adopters, off if they know there is always going to be an improved version a few months later. And they will depreciate even more as a result.
To be fair to Renault, VW seems to have been copying that approach having 6 different versions of Golf GTI in the last couple of years.
Interesting that they weren't that complimentary about the steering. Always thought that was one of the strongest points of mine compared to its rivals.

I did see a Chris Harris video where he drove the 250 back-to-back with the MK2 Focus RS and was very complimentary about it. The 250 was a very good car out of the box, far more so than the 225, which took a bit of time to evolve into the great car people remember.

I think you're right on the tweaking point. While I don't mind it, and it was nice to see the 250 evolve through 265 and 275, gaining nice options like titanium exhausts and Ohlins dampers, they seem to have got from regular 280 to Trophy-R very quickly with the MK4. It took five years to get from 250 to 275 Trophy-R.

greenarrow

1,710 posts

62 months

Thursday 5th September
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Jon_S_Rally said:
Drekly said:
I did see a Chris Harris video where he drove the 250 back-to-back with the MK2 Focus RS and was very complimentary about it. The 250 was a very good car out of the box, far more so than the 225, which took a bit of time to evolve into the great car people remember.

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This is very true. The Mk1 Megane RS came out in 2004 and promptly came last in virtually every group test in every car mag going, I know as I've still got most of them. The Trophy followed in 2005 and did a little better but it wasn't until the R-26 in 2007 that it went from competitive to class leader. 3 years is quite a bit of time really.

The 250 was very good out of the box, but I don't recall it winning its initial group tests as I think EVO and co were still pretty enamoured with the Focus RS and its baby brother the Clio 200 Cup at that time.

So yeah, there is time for the latest Megane RS to turn it round.

Zarco

12,346 posts

154 months

Thursday 5th September
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JDowling91 said:
I'm not doubting this megane like all other Megane RS have been fantastic to blast on A / B roads or on track. The looks are the only thing lacking in current Hot Hatch models, the Civic Type R as ever is well out there. The Focus bit bland for an RS, BMW 140, is a 116i msport in drag. A class and Megane are essentially the same car now a days and looking at this Megane I see A45 all over it. So I'm sorry I'll be sticking to my slightly slower 2009 focus rs as still the best looking hot hatch out there. As looking back as you walk away from the car park at the nurburgring to see your car as equally as important as your sub 9 minute lap round ??
Personally I'm not drawing any parallels between the A Class and Megane. The Merc is ruined by that stick on spoiler for me. Bit try hard.

Can see myself in another Megane in a few years once they have tweaked and perfected it a little more.