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Renault Mégane RS review – capable of toppling the Civic Type R? - Performance and 0-60 time

It might not drive like the other Renault Sport Méganes we’ve known and loved, but this version is still mightily impressive

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  • Massive grip, incredible composure and eerily impressive agility
  • Dual-clutch gearbox is frustrating compared to manual transmission, not the level of involvement we’ve come to expect from a Renault Sport car

Performance and 0-60 time

Oddly, whether you choose the manual gearbox or the EDC transmission that comes with launch control, the Mégane RS’s official 0-62mph time is exactly the same. We’d usually expect the dual-clutch ’box to accelerate quicker, but the Mégane’s 1.8-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 276bhp and 288lb ft of torque drags the car to 62mph in 5.8sec. Officially, despite the extra traction it can provide, the LSD-equipped Cup chassis cars are still no faster to 62mph, either. There is a difference in top speed, but so minor – just 3mph – it’s barely worth mentioning, with the manual car topping out at 158mph.

The ultimate version of the previous Renault Sport Mégane – the Trophy R – held the title of the fastest front-wheel-drive car around the Nürburgring Nordschleife with a time of 7:54.4. That was until it was beaten by various other hot hatches, most recently by the title holder, the current Honda Civic Type R, that set a time of 7:43.8. Renault hasn’t set a new lap time with this current Mégane, however we expect it will wait until the release of the Trophy model before trying to beat the Civic’s time.

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