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2018 Renault Megane R.S. leaks out some more

May 30, 2017

Some more images of the new, 2018 Renault Megane R.S. have leaked onto the web, giving us more of a glimpse of the French hot hatch before its debut.

In the latest images, first posted by ClioRS-Concept forum, we get a look at the side and rear of the car and a view of the interior featuring the new dual-clutch automatic transmission and paddle shifters.

Renault confirmed only days ago the new R.S. is going to be available with both a manual and dual-clutch automatic transmission for the first time. It hasn’t been confirmed if it will retain front-wheel drive, although it does seem very likely.

In white, the new hot hatch does look neat and tidy, with only a few clues to suggest it is the proper, hard-edged model. Around at the back you can see the sculpted bumper bar with integrated diffuser, while up towards the front are some guard vents.

We also get a decent look at the freshly-designed 18-inch alloy wheels, of which hide a set of Brembo brakes. There doesn’t appear to be any other major aero highlights or flourishes, aside from a subtle rear spoiler.

Inside you’ve got the typical huggy bucket seats with big protruding side bolsters, along with a three-spoke sports steering wheel. It looks pretty sparse inside, in R.S. driver-focused fashion.

No further details are revealed at this point, but speculations suggest the new mode will be powered by the same 1.8-litre turbo that powers the Alpine A110. Some tweaking is expected to see around 224kW on offer.

All will be revealed, officially, at the Frankfurt motor show in September.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He’s obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

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