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2018 Renault Megane R.S. manual & auto confirmed

May 29, 2017

Renault previewed the new Megane R.S. hot hatch at the Monaco Grand Prix over the weekend, with Renault Sport F1 driver Nico Hulkenberg showing off the car at the famous road circuit.

It is still in prototype form and development is continuing. However, Renault has confirmed the new model will be offered with both a manual transmission and an EDC dual-clutch auto.

Since the first model debuted back in 2004, the Megane R.S. has always been a manual-only vehicle. As modern times see a new generation of sports car drivers opt for fast-changing automatics, Renault Sport is providing a choice for traditionalists as well as savvy drivers.

No further juicy details are revealed in the latest promo stunt, aside from a few more teaser images of camouflage-wrapped prototypes. Renault Sport Cars director Patrice Ratti says the new model will set new benchmarks, saying:

“I don’t think we could have chosen a more appropriate or more impactful moment than the 40th anniversary of Renault’s involvement in F1 to launch a new model. We aim to make all-New Megane R.S. the new compact sports car benchmark.”

The French company says that once again it has used its extensive experience in Formula 1 and other motorsport to develop the new model, especially in the areas of aerodynamic efficiency, reliability, road-holding, and performance.

A full reveal of the new model is penned in for the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, kicking off on September 12.

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.