According to auto-moto.com, the RS will drop the long serving 2.0-litre turbocharged engine for the same 1.8-litre turbo as the revived sportscar, rumoured to produce between 206 kW and 240 kW. In Alpine guise, the new mill kicks-out 188 kW and 320 Nm of torque, with a seven-speed EDC dual-clutch gearbox sending the grunt to the rear wheels.
While its remains unconfirmed, the five-door only RS will offer both the EDC and a six-speed manual gearbox, and remain front-wheel drive although the 4Control four-wheel steering system from the Megane GT will be fitted as standard.
Said to reach 100 km/h from standstill in "under six seconds" before topping out at 270 km/h, the new RS will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September with an expected starting price of €38 000 (R519 642).
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