Renault has revealed the Megane R.S. Ultime—billed as the last of the Megane R.S. lineup and the last model to feature the Renault Sport logo. It is based on the Megane R.S. Trophy and is limited to 1,976 units—a number that alludes to the founding year of the Renault Sport. The hot hatch will make its public debut at the 2023 Tokyo Auto Salon.
So, what’s this Megane R.S. Ultime all about? Well, on the exterior, the hot hatch features sporty matte black decals that look fairly tasteful against the four available body colors: Star Black, Pearl White, Sirius Yellow and Tonic Orange. The Fuji Light 19-inch wheels are black, of course, and they are wrapped with Bridgestone Potenza S007 semi-slicks. Behind the wheels, you’ll notice the red-painted Brembo calipers.
The rest of the things are also familiar Trophy elements, including 60 mm wider front and 45 mm wider rear fenders; side air outlets; R.S. Vision headlights; a central exhaust; a shark-fin antenna; a spoiler, and a rear diffuser. Front axle with independent pivots; lowered Cup chassis; hydraulic compression stops; 4Control 4-wheel steering system, and Torsen mechanical differential, are all carried over too.
On the inside, standard stuff includes R.S.-branded Recaro bucket seats; Alcantara upholstery on the seats and steering; a 9.3-inch touchscreen; R.S. Monitor on-board telemetry; a Bose audio system; a 10-inch driver display; adaptive cruise control; 360° manoeuvring aids, and of course, a special edition plaque on the centre console. Options for the left-hand-drive markets include a head-up display and a sunroof.
The Ultime ain’t got no more changes. It is still powered by a 1.8-litre turbo petrol engine with the same 221 kW (300 metric hp) and 420 Nm (310 lb-ft) output figures, coupled with a 6-speed manual gearbox. A 6-speed DCT is available for the European markets.
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