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2018 Renault Megane RS280: 7 cool things

Renault Sport has completely revamped its Megane RS halo car. And when it arrives in Australia in Q3 this year, it'll have a few nifty tricks up its sleeves. There's way too much to talk about with this third-generation reboot, so let's keep it simple and showcase seven cool things about this new RS...

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CarAdvice podcast 89: Joe Achilles, BMW fanatic and our guest Down Under
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CarAdvice podcast 89: Joe Achilles, BMW fanatic and our guest Down Under

Joining Mandy Turner is Paul Maric and Mike Stevens. In car news this week, the BMW X3 M40i pricing and specs have been released, the Hyundai Santa Fe gets revealed, and the business case for the Chevrolet Bolt hinges on legislation. Plus, Renault Megane RS pricing is to start around $45,000, what does the future holds for Citroen and Peugeot in Australia, and the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class has been revealed...


2018 Renault Megane RS280 review
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2018 Renault Megane RS280 review

Here we have the new Renault Megane RS 280. With five doors and a more refined design, can it win the hearts of those obsessed with its mental three-door predecessor?


2018 Renault Megane RS pricing to start around $45,000
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2018 Renault Megane RS pricing to start around $45,000

The hotly-anticipated Renault Megane RS will be priced in the neighbourhood of $45,000 when it arrives in the third quarter of this year, making it more expensive than the Volkswagen Golf GTI. Renault will bring the car to Australia in 'basic' Sport trim initially, with prices kicking off from around $45,000 in manual guise...


Top driving roads around Melbourne: Reefton Spur
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Top driving roads around Melbourne: Reefton Spur

Welcome to another instalment of our little Top Driving Roads series, intended to highlight some of the best, most challenging, and most fun roads we (occasionally) get to drive on. To clarify, driving isn’t always about going fast; we want to make that bit clear...


Renault Megane RS about track times, not engine power, says boss
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Renault Megane RS about track times, not engine power, says boss

The just-revealed 2018 Renault Megane RS hot hatch concedes a horsepower advantage to rivals such as the Honda Civic Type-R, Ford Focus RS and Volkswagen Golf R, but having segment-leading power is not relevant to the company’s goals. This is the line we received from Renault Sport managing director Patrice Ratti at the world premiere this week in Frankfurt, where he reiterated that the number one goal remained track-times, not straight-line speed...


2018 Renault Megane RS breaks cover
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2018 Renault Megane RS breaks cover

The brand new five-door-only 2018 Renault Megane RS has made its high-profile world premiere at the Frankfurt motor show today, and damn it if the company hasn't knocked the design out of the park... The third-generation, painted in lurid orange, gets a new turbocharged 1.8-litre engine with 205kW at 6000rpm and 390Nm of torque - not exactly Ford Focus RS or Honda Civic Type R numbers...


2018 Renault Megane RS interior and engine bay leaked
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2018 Renault Megane RS interior and engine bay leaked

More photos of the only light disguised next-generation Renault Megane RS have leaked onto the internet. This time around, pictures of the car's undisguised engine bay and interior have been posted on the Ferd Facebook fan page. It's not clear where the photos were sourced from. If accurate, the interior of the new Megane RS will feature shapelier seats with red stitching...


2018 Renault Megane RS leaked undisguised
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2018 Renault Megane RS leaked undisguised

The 2018 Renault Megane RS - or RenaultSport Megane, depending on which market you're in - has been caught completely uncovered ahead of its international debut. Images of the new-generation Renault Megane RS have been leaked online, appearing on French auto site Virtuel Car's Facebook page overnight...


2018 Renault Megane RS and GT revealed in patent filings
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2018 Renault Megane RS and GT revealed in patent filings

The styling of the next-generation Renault Megane RS has been revealed via filings made with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). These rendered images of Renault's new hot hatch were first published on the WorldScoop forum, and confirm earlier leaks of the car's side and rear to be genuine...


2018 Renault Megane RS: two chassis and four-wheel steering confirmed for French hot hatch
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2018 Renault Megane RS: two chassis and four-wheel steering confirmed for French hot hatch

With anticipation building ahead of its expected 2017 Frankfurt motor show unveiling, Renault has officially announced that its all-new 2018 Renault Megane RS will not only feature a choice of two chassis setups, but also the first-time addition of four-wheel steering...


CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for June 2, 2017
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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for June 2, 2017

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...


I've just about had it with camouflage cars
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I've just about had it with camouflage cars

Camouflage wrap used to be cool. Wind back the clock five years and camouflage was an effective way for automotive manufacturers to disguise their new or development prototype cars from prying eyes. That was its only purpose.  These flashy black-and-white wraps were made to hide the finer details of the design of new models, or to keep you guessing as to what the car may actually be...


2018 Renault Megane RS side profile leaked
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2018 Renault Megane RS side profile leaked

A photo of the Renault Megane RS, exposing the hot hatch's side view, has been published online. Originally posted on the Facebook page for the Megane RS Online shop. It's not clear how the administrators of the site got hold of the image, but it seems to show an undisguised prototype at a Renault facility...


2018 Renault Megane RS will have dual-clutch transmission option
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2018 Renault Megane RS will have dual-clutch transmission option

The Renault Megane RS will be offered with both manual and dual-clutch transmission options. Renault confirmed this news overnight, although it didn't state how many gears will be present on each gearbox. Other details about the car have yet to be confirmed...


2018 Renault Megane RS to debut at Monaco Grand Prix on May 26
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2018 Renault Megane RS to debut at Monaco Grand Prix on May 26

The all-new 2018 Renault Megane RS will make its first public appearance at this year's Monaco Formula One Grand Prix on May 26 ahead of its official reveal at the Frankfurt motor show in September, the company has confirmed...


2018 Renault Megane RS rear leaked
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2018 Renault Megane RS rear leaked

The rear of the new Renault Megane RS has been leaked online ahead of its debut later this year. If this photo, originally posted on the Ferd Facebook page, is on the money, the RS will retain the tail-lights used on the less powerful hatchback models. The rear fascia, though, is all new, with thin vertical vents at each corner, a centrally mounted rear exhaust, and a prominent diffuser-style element...


2018 Renault Megane RS teased in video
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2018 Renault Megane RS teased in video

The first teaser of the new Renault Megane RS has been spotted at the end of a video released overnight to celebrate Renault Sport's one millionth Facebook fan. Under its digital shroud we can't see much of the new hot hatch, but we do know now that it will retain the standard Megane's C-shaped headlights, while also adopting the chequered flag-style fog lights first seen on the Clio RS 16 concept...


2018 Renault Megane RS mule spied with flares
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2018 Renault Megane RS mule spied with flares

A development mule that we believe is the next Renault Megane RS has been spied at a pretrol station in Sweden accompanied by a Golf R hatchback. The vehicle seen here uses the body shell of the new Renault Megane GT hatch, but has a few clear signs of its sporting intent. Unlike an earlier development vehicle spotted in July, this latest car has boasts temporary wheel arch extensions...


Renault to launch Alpine coupe in Australia priced around $75k
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Renault to launch Alpine coupe in Australia priced around $75k

Renault Australia is steadily gearing up to launch the eagerly awaited Alpine sports car brand here in 2018, likely priced just under the conceptually similar Alfa Romeo 4C. The lightweight and likely mid-engined two-seater is creeping ever closer to production, slated to begin in 2017 in Dieppe, France, alongside the Clio RS...