The next-generation Megane RS will emerge in 2017/18 and, unlike the current three-door coupe, will be a five-door hatchback only. As reported here, it’ll also have Focus RS-rivalling power output, and may sport all-wheel drive and/or four-wheel steering.
There has also been scuttlebutt over what transmission/s it’ll use. Just like the Clio RS, a dual-clutch automatic gearbox with paddles will be added to broaden the buyer base beyond self-shifting purists. The future of the manual is less clear, though the latest information out of France suggests that unlike the Clio, it’ll be an option.
Pictured: 2016 Renault Megane GT, the car on which the next Megane RS will be based.
Regardless, this new Megane RS will represent a big departure from the current car, a manual-only coupe low on frills but high on dynamism. We asked Renault Australia managing director Justin Hocevar if current-generation Megane RS fans had expressed concern over this broader direction.
Keep in mind that Australia was the world’s second-biggest market for Megane RS last year, behind only France, and ahead of the UK and Japan. In other words, we’re a vital market for Renault’s performance leader (until Alpine arrives).
“I would say, there is a bit of that,” Hocevar conceded, but added “the volume of feedback, though, is when are we going to get a paddle-shift car?”.
Pictured: Current-generation Megane RS.
“I think in an ideal world we would be able to cater for both [manual and auto buyers],” he said, though added that the Clio RS could shape decisions around Megane RS.
Tell us your thoughts in the comments on the idea of a dual-clutch automatic, five-door Megane RS. Would you still go the manual if given the choice?
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