Renault Sport Technologies has helped create two new sporting versions of Renaultâ€™s New MÃ©gane â€“ GT and GT Line.
New Renault MÃ©gane GT and GT Line, unveiled at the Geneva Motorshow in March, are available across of the body types that make up the MÃ©gane family (Hatchback, CoupÃ©, Estate, CoupÃ©-Cabriolet) and go on sale in June.
These new versions bring distinctive styling and genuine driving emotions within reach of as many motorists as possible and also bridge the gap between mainstream MÃ©gane and the all- out performance credentials of MÃ©gane R.S.
GT Line is a Sport Pack which is available as an option on MÃ©gane Dynamique
equipment level versions. They feature a specific chassis and are powered by the
MÃ©ganeâ€™s core-range of economical and ecological engines.
GT version is available with the 2.0 TCe180 and 2.0 dCi 160 powerplants and combine
sporty exterior and interior details with a specifically-tuned chassis which takes its
inspiration from MÃ©gane R.S.
GT versions of Twingo, Clio and Laguna have been available for some time and have met with considerable success, with annual sales amounting to more than 10,000 cars. Meanwhile, the success enjoyed by New MÃ©gane R.S. â€“ which has already achieved number one status in France, and which holds third place in Germany and Spain â€“ points to a healthy market for MÃ©ganeâ€™s sporting versions. Building on the reputation and success of its existing performance models, Renault now provides a sporting option for all the body types that make up the MÃ©gane family.
New Renault MÃ©gane GT and GT Line demonstrate that motoring enjoyment can be affordable, and also serve as eloquent illustrations of Renaultâ€™s new brand signature, â€˜Drive the Changeâ€™
New Renault MÃ©gane GT and GT Line are manufactured in the same factories as those that produce the core-range versions: Palencia (MÃ©gane Hatchback, CoupÃ© and Estate GT and GT Line), and Douai (MÃ©gane CoupÃ©-Cabriolet GT and GT Line).
New Renault MÃ©gane GT and New MÃ©gane GT Line will go on sale in June.
New Renault MÃ©gane GT and GT Line stand out by their sporty styling cues both inside and out. Their sporty character is further accentuated by the Malta Blue body colour (which is exclusive to these versions) and by the Dark Metal (anthracite grey) or polished carbon finish of certain details.
Front: the specific GT/GT Line bumper features a reshaped central air intake incorporating a gloss black centre section that supports the registration plate. The foglamps are housed in profiled, Dark Metal-coloured recesses on either side of the bumper. Black headlamp backgrounds round off the uniquely striking personality of New Renault MÃ©gane GT and GT Line.
Rear: the body colour lower section of the rear bumper incorporates an aerodynamic diffuser.
The windscreen frame and cabin surround of New Renault MÃ©gane CoupÃ©-Cabriolet GT and GT Line are picked out in Dark Metal (instead of satin-finish chrome).
New Renault MÃ©gane Hatchback and Estate GT Line and GT inherit the same â€˜Sportâ€™ chassis as MÃ©gane CoupÃ©. As is the case with MÃ©gane CoupÃ©, the ride height has been lowered by 12mm. The GT Line and GT versions of New Renault MÃ©gane CoupÃ©-Cabriolet place the accent more on comfort and feature the same ride height as the standard model.
Inside, the GT Line and GT versions share several sporty appointments with MÃ©gane R.S.:
front seats with additional lateral support on the seat back and cushion1,
aluminium-faced pedal set,
dashboard incorporating analogue rev-counter
SPECIFIC ENGINE RANGES
The engines available for New Renault MÃ©gane GT and GT Line have been selected to meet customer demand and match the performance characteristics of each version. New MÃ©gane GT Line are available with the same engines as the mainstream MÃ©gane range and deliver a combination of driving comfort and impressive fuel consumption. GT versions are powered by the MÃ©gane rangeâ€™s more potent, more exclusive powerplants for even greater performance.
MÃ©gane GT Line engines
The New MÃ©gane GT Line range will appeal to customers who are looking for affordable, fuel â€“ efficient performance thanks to a choice of core-range petrol and diesel engines, the majority of which are Euro5-compatible and qualify for Renault eco2-criteria.
1.6 16V 110, with a six-speed manual gearbox,
1.6 16V 110 E85 Renault eco2, with a six-speed manual gearbox,
TCe 130 Euro5, with a six-speed manual gearbox,
2.0 16V 140 Euro5, with CVT transmission
dCi 85 Renault eco2, with a five-speed manual gearbox,
dCi 90 FAP Euro 5 Renault eco2, with a five-speed manual gearbox,
dCi 105 Renault eco2, with a six-speed manual gearbox,
dCi 110 DPF Euro5 Renault eco2, with a six-speed manual gearbox or the brand new EDC
(Efficient Dual Clutch) automatic transmission,
dCi 130 Renault eco2, with a six-speed manual gearbox,
dCi 130 DPF Euro5 Renault eco2, with a six-speed manual gearbox.
The more exclusive GT versions are available with either of the MÃ©gane rangeâ€™s two most powerful
turbocharged engines: the petrol TCe 180 or the diesel dCi 160.
The TCe 180 Euro5 (132kW) is a new evolution of the turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine and delivers outstanding driving enjoyment. With peak torque of 300Nm at 2,250rpm, it is extremely responsive and provides exceptional pick-up from low revs thanks to its twin-scroll turbo and continuously variable camshaft angle at the intake port which optimizes airflow into the combustion chambers and enables the turbine to spin up to speed more quickly. The turbo responds to the slightest touch of the accelerator from as low as 1,200rpm. This engine drives through a six-speed manual gearbox.
The dCi 160 Euro5 (118kW) is derived from the Allianceâ€™s 2.0-litre diesel turbo engine and is acclaimed as one of the most efficient of its class. With peak torque of 380Nm available from as low as 2,000rpm, this engine climbs smoothly and swiftly up the revs to 5,000rpm. Its 1,600-bar fuel injection rail, piezoelectric injectors, the advanced form of its pistons and its variable geometry turbo all contribute to making this four-cylinder diesel engine one of the most efficient in its class. The two balancer shafts efficiently filter out vibrations and contribute to an exceptionally quiet ride for even greater driving pleasure and comfort. The dCi 160 Euro5 engine is mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.
New Renault MÃ©gane GT and GT Line were designed to deliver everyday driving enjoyment for the GT Line pack and sporty driving thrills inspired from New MÃ©gane R.S. in the case of the GT versions.
The suspension of MÃ©gane GT Line and MÃ©gane GT shares its DNA with the rest of the MÃ©gane
the front suspension features a MacPherson-type arrangement coupled to the new â€˜hornedâ€™ subframe, a layout which has been engineered to deliver impeccable directional precision by restricting lateral movement of the engine subframe in relation to the body structure (three times more rigid than MÃ©gane II).
the rear suspension is based on a programmed-deflection flexible beam, with a closed- section beam that is both lighter and more compact than a multi-arm solution for equivalent stiffness.
MÃ©gane GT Line: everyday driving enjoyment
In order to lower their centre of gravity and produce a more dynamic handling package compared with core-range MÃ©gane, the GT Line versions of New MÃ©gane Hatchback and New MÃ©gane Estate come with the â€˜Sportâ€™ chassis that was developed for New MÃ©gane CoupÃ©.
The GT Line versions of New MÃ©gane Hatchback, New MÃ©gane CoupÃ© and New MÃ©gane Estate are also equipped with the same seats as MÃ©gane R.S. These seats provide extra lateral support for drivers, particularly in cornering.
The thinking behind the GT Line version of New Renault MÃ©gane CoupÃ©-Cabriolet is slightly different inasmuch as it comes with the same chassis and seats as the standard version for a more comfortable ride with regard to vertical suspension performance.
MÃ©gane GT: a chassis tuned by Renault Sport Technologies
Renault Sport Technologiesâ€™ engineers have fine-tuned the suspension of the GT versions of New MÃ©gane to deliver a genuinely sporty ride that is perfectly suited to everyday motoring. The technical solutions they have adopted have been chosen to ensure a perfect balance between driving enjoyment and comfort.
The GT versions feature the same â€˜Sportâ€™ chassis as used by New MÃ©gane CoupÃ©, but adjusted to suit the specific features of the different body types to ensure a quality ride and feedback from the road of the highest order.
The package includes:
front and rear springs adapted to each body type,
specific dampers: although the size of the housings and pistons is unchanged, the calibration and valving are based on those used on New MÃ©gane R.S.,
the same rear bump stops as MÃ©gane R.S. for a more balanced ride with the larger 18-inch wheels.
For optimum grip and efficient transmission of power and torque to the ground, the GT versions of New MÃ©gane come with the same high-performance Dunlop Sport Maxx TT 225/40 ZR18 tyres seen on MÃ©gane R.S..
The GT versions of New MÃ©gane are equipped with the same new electric power steering as the rest of the MÃ©gane line-up and consequently benefit from the same improvements in steering feel.
However, the calibration differs to that of the mainstream MÃ©ganes, however, to take into accoun
the GT versionsâ€™ specific tyres and chassis settings and provide a more responsive, firmer and sportier feel.
The brakes of the GT versions of New MÃ©gane have also been adapted to its higher performance
296mm-diameter ventilated front discs, with solid 260mm-diameter solid discs at the rear,
firmer, more progressive servo-assistance thanks to the same master cylinder as MÃ©gane R.S.
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Source: Renault Press Release