New Renault Megane GT and GT Line, unveiled at the Geneva Motorshow in March, are available across of the body types that make up the Megane family (Hatchback, Coup , Estate, Coup -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 Megane and the allout performance credentials of Megane R.S.
GT Line is a Sport Pack which is available as an option on Megane Dynamique equipment level versions. They feature a specific chassis and are powered by the Megane 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 Megane 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 Megane R.S. which has already achieved number one status in France, and which holds third place in Germany and Spain points to a healthy market for Megane’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 Megane family.
New Renault Megane GT and GT Line demonstrate that motoring enjoyment can be affordable, and also serve as eloquent illustrations of Renault’s new brand signature, ‘Drive the Change’ New Renault Megane GT and GT Line are manufactured in the same factories as those that produce the core-range versions: Palencia (Megane Hatchback, Coup and Estate GT and GT Line), and Douai (Megane Coup -Cabriolet GT and GT Line).
New Renault Megane GT and New Megane GT Line will go on sale in June.
I. SPORTY LOOKS
New Renault Megane 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 Megane 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 Megane Coup -Cabriolet GT and GT Line are picked out in Dark Metal (instead of satin-finish chrome).
New Renault Megane Hatchback and Estate GT Line and GT inherit the same ‘Sport’ chassis as Megane Coup . As is the case with Megane Coup , the ride height has been lowered by 12mm.
The GT Line and GT versions of New Renault Megane Coup -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 Megane R.S.:
front seats with additional lateral support on the seat back and cushion1,
aluminium-faced pedal set,
dashboard incorporating analogue rev-counter
1 except New Renault Megane Coup -Cabriolet GT Line and New Megane Coup -Cabriolet
GT which come with the same seats as the standard car.
Further exclusive touches include the polished carbon interior door pull handles, outer air-vents and dashboard trim.
Specific features of GT Line pack
Megane GT Line versions have ‘GT Line’ badging on the grille and tailgate, and sit on Dark Metalcoloured 17-inch Celsium wheels. The door mirror housings also come with a Dark Metal-coloured finish.
Inside, ‘GT Line’ badging can be seen on the dashboard trim strip, head rests and front door sills2.
Specific features of GT version
Even more exclusive are the New Megane GT versions which come with ‘GT’ badging on the grille and ‘GT Renault Sport’ badging on the tailgate. They sit on 18-inch Dark Metal-coloured Jetow aluminium wheels.
Inside, ‘GT’ badging figures on the dashboard trim strip and front head rests, along with ‘Renault Sport’2 branding on the door sills.
Drivers will also appreciate the thick-rimmed leather-trimmed steering wheel incorporating thumb rests that was developed for Megane R.S.
II. SPECIFIC ENGINE RANGES
The engines available for New Renault Megane GT and GT Line have been selected to meet customer demand and match the performance characteristics of each version.
New Megane GT Line are available with the same engines as the mainstream Megane range and deliver a combination of driving comfort and impressive fuel consumption.
GT versions are powered by the Megane range’s more potent, more exclusive powerplants for even greater performance.
Megane GT Line engines
The New Megane GT Line range will appeal to customers who are looking for affordable, fuelefficient performance thanks to a choice of core-range petrol and diesel engines, the majority of which are Euro5-compatible and qualify for Renault eco -criteria. Petrol engines:
1.6 16V 110, with a six-speed manual gearbox,
1.6 16V 110 E85 Renault eco , 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 eco , with a five-speed manual gearbox,
dCi 90 FAP Euro 5 Renault eco , with a five-speed manual gearbox,
dCi 105 Renault eco , with a six-speed manual gearbox,
dCi 110 DPF Euro5 Renault eco , with a six-speed manual gearbox or the brand new EDC
(Efficient Dual Clutch) automatic transmission,
dCi 130 Renault eco , with a six-speed manual gearbox,
dCi 130 DPF Euro5 Renault eco , with a six-speed manual gearbox.
The more exclusive GT versions are available with either of the Megane range’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 Alliance’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.
III. DRIVING PLEASURE
New Renault Megane GT and GT Line were designed to deliver everyday driving enjoyment for the GT Line pack and sporty driving thrills inspired from New Megane R.S. in the case of the GT versions.
The suspension of Megane GT Line and Megane GT shares its DNA with the rest of the Megane family:
the front suspension features a MacPherson-type arrangement coupled to the new
‘horned’ 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 Megane II).
the rear suspension is based on a programmed-deflection flexible beam, with a closedsection beam that is both lighter and more compact than a multi-arm solution for equivalent stiffness.
Megane GT Line: everyday driving enjoyment
In order to lower their centre of gravity and produce a more dynamic handling package compared with core-range Megane, the GT Line versions of New Megane Hatchback and New Megane Estate come with the ‘Sport’ chassis that was developed for New Megane Coup .
The GT Line versions of New Megane Hatchback, New Megane Coup and New Megane Estate are also equipped with the same seats as Megane R.S. These seats provide extra lateral support for drivers, particularly in cornering.
The thinking behind the GT Line version of New Renault Megane Coup -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.
Megane GT: a chassis tuned by Renault Sport Technologies Renault Sport Technologies engineers have fine-tuned the suspension of the GT versions of New Megane 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 ‘Sport’ chassis as used by New Megane Coup , 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 Megane R.S.,
the same rear bump stops as Megane 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 Megane come with the same high-performance Dunlop Sport Maxx TT 225/40 ZR18 tyres seen on Megane R.S..
The GT versions of New Megane are equipped with the same new electric power steering as the rest of the Megane line-up and consequently benefit from the same improvements in steering feel.
However, the calibration differs to that of the mainstream Meganes, however, to take into account the GT versions’ specific tyres and chassis settings and provide a more responsive, firmer and sportier feel.
The brakes of the GT versions of New Megane have also been adapted to its higher performance with:
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 Megane R.S.
IV. THE MARKET AND RENAULT’S LINE-UP OF SPORTING CARS
The introduction of Megane GT Line and Megane GT alongside its R.S.-badged cars (Twingo R.S., Clio R.S. and Megane R.S.) and GT versions of Twingo, Clio and Laguna sees Renault expand its line-up in the increasingly popular and clearly-defined sporting car market which incorporates both ‘high performance’ and ‘performance’ cars.
The European hot hatch market grew threefold between 2001 and 2009 to reach sales of almost 30,000 units, and Renault Sport’s cars have emerged as benchmarks in their respective classes.
Renault’s sporting cars benefit from the combination of Renault Sport Technologies’
expertise, which is founded on experience acquired in the world of motor sport, and the production skill of the Renault Group.
RENAULT SPORT TECHNOLOGIES: THE ACCENT ON SPORTING PERFORMANCE
Renault Sport Technologies is a subsidiary of the Renault Group. Its overall mission includes three main areas of activity:
1/ the design, development, manufacture and sale of production sporting models (Twingo R.S., Clio R.S. and Megane R.S.),
2/ the manufacture and sale of competition cars for rallying and circuit racing use (Renault Formula 2.0, Renault Formula 3.5, Twingo R1, Twingo R2, Clio Cup, Clio R3 and Megane Trophy),
3/ the organization of international single-make championships (World Series by Renault, Clio R3 Trophies) and Renault Sport Experience customer activities (notably Enthusiast days and driving tuition).
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Source: Renault Press Release