THE Renault made the decision to end production of the Megane RS model next year and put it in history.
This is not just speculation, as the information was confirmed by Renault Australia's general manager, Glen Sealy, who told Australian magazine Drive that the decision was made due to declining demand for conventionally driven high-performance vehicles in this segment.
“The Megane RS ends next year. I can't say the exact date at the moment, but production will definitely not continue beyond next year. Demand for powerful hatchback models in Europe is weakening. The replacement could be an electric car, which makes sense,” Sealey said.
Reading between the lines, Renault is likely working on a more powerful version of the Megane E-Tech model that would have the power and performance of the Megane RS.
Currently, the most powerful Megane develops 218 hp and 300 Nm of torque, and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.4 seconds.
The Megane RS in the Trophy version is powered by a 1.8 liter turbocharged engine, which delivers 300 hp and 420 Nm of torque, so there is room for improvement.
The future of the powerful hatchback models with internal combustion engines is uncertain, and Renault is expected to present the last and numerically limited version of the model, which will put the Megane RS in history.