By Deon Schoeman
In the battle of the hot hatches, the latest Renault Mégane RS might not be the fastest, nor the most powerful. But in all-round terms, it might just be the best of the breed. Is that enough to satisfy the fast and furious brigade?
The RS badge – short for Renault Sport – has graced some of the most hallowed performance hatchbacks on the planet.
Of those, the third-generation Mégane RS Trophy R is arguably the most iconic, thanks to its no-compromise performance approach and a sub-8min lap time on the infamous Nürburgring Nordschleife – a track considered the ultimate test of dynamic capability.
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Enter the all-new, Gen4 Renault Mégane RS – an altogether more sophisticated machine, with a raft of technologies promising enhanced performance. But all that tech also suggests added complexity, and the very real danger of obfuscating the Gallic hatchback’s purist appeal.
It’s clear that Renault intended the new Mégane RS to be a more approachable car than its hardcore predecessors. After all, what’s the point of creating a no-holds-barred hot hatch if…