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2004 Mégane Renault Sport
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Mégane Renault Sport: geared to everyday driving pleasure

The Mégane Renault Sport is the sporting version of the Mégane II programme. It offers both a strong temperament and remarkable ease of use in everyday operation.

Its innovative front suspension, a double axis strut system featuring an independent steering axis ensures precision of steering and handling. Together with its 6-speed manual gearbox, its 225bhp 2.0 Turbo engine provides excellent response from the lowest speeds. Offered in 3-door and 5-door form, this sporting version carries over all the comfort and safety features of Mégane II, whose hatchback version was voted “Car of the Year 2003”. The Mégane Renault Sport is built in the Dieppe factory, which is dedicated to manufacture of the brand's sporting cars.

Engineered for precision of control

The Mégane Renault Sport is equipped with an independent steering-axis front suspension. This innovative configuration provides steering precision while eliminating the feedback effects often encountered in very powerful front-driven cars. The spring and damper settings have been selected to combine dynamic driving with ride comfort. The braking system, powerful and fade-resistant, consists of four large-diameter discs (312mm ventilated at the front and 300mm at the rear), with 4-piston Brembo calipers at the front. The Continental SportContact2 225/40 R18 tyres were specially developed for this application. The variable-assistance steering system and the driving aid systems (ABS, ESP trajectory control with understeer control, ASR traction control with MSR engine torque regulation on the overrun) have been specially recalibrated for the Mégane Renault Sport.

A lively powertrain, strong at all speeds

Renault Sport has developed the 2.0 16v turbocharged engine used in the group’s top-range models into a unit of high performance yet suitable for daily use. Its output of 225bhp with 300Nm of torque is achieved thanks to changes to significant components including the turbocharger, the crankshaft and the pistons. With at least 90% of maximum torque available from 2,000 to 6,000rpm, this engine provides strong and continuous output. A specially developed exhaust system creates a characteristically sporting sound. The 6-speed manual gearbox allows the liveliness of the engine to be fully exploited: acceleration to 100kph is achieved in 6.5sec and the kilometre is covered from rest in 26.7sec. The Mégane Renault Sport achieves the best fuel consumption in its class with 8.8 litres/100km in the mixed cycle (209g of C02/km) and its exhaust emissions meet the Euro 4 fiscal incentive standard.

The pleasure of being at the controls

The steering wheel and driver’s seat, essential ingredients of driving pleasure, can both be adjusted in various ways to allow anyone to achieve an ideal driving position. The sideways support provided by the front seats, and the location of the cushions, has been improved. The Mégane Renault Sport carries across all the features and innovations of Mégane II, such as the tyre pressure monitoring system and also the cruise control/speed limiter system. Sportiness with complete safety Safety is a Renault priority. The Mégane Renault Sport uses the platform and all the safety features which enabled the Mégane II hatchback to achieve a maximum 5-star rating in the crash tests conducted by the independent Euro-NCAP organization. Its structure allows a large amount of energy to be absorbed in the event of an impact. The third-generation Renault System for Restraint and Protection includes adaptive twin-volume frontal airbags together with safety belts with twin load limiters and twin pretensioners for the front seats. Two side airbags protect the thoraxes of front seat occupants and two curtain airbags protect the heads of front and rear occupants. Two side airbags are also offered for the back seats. The Mégane Renault Sport is thus equipped with all the features needed to become the benchmark in terms of passive safety in the sports hatchback segment.

Text and photos: Renault

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