Packing the same 1.8-litre turbocharged petrol engine as the revived Alpine A110, the unit in the RS, which replaces the long serving 2.0-litre mill, has been fettled to produce 206 kW and 390 Nm of torque and comes mated to a six-speed manual gearbox or a model first six-speed EDC. No top speed figure have yet been revealed, with Renault merely claiming a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 5.8 seconds.
As well as featuring a development of the Megane GT's 4Control four-wheel steering system, the RS boasts a Torsen limited slip differential and new Multi-Sense drive selector with five modes: Comfort, Normal, Sport, Race and Preso.
Pricing will start at €37 600 (R554 177) for the manual and at €39 400 (R580 707) for the EDC, with latter expected to debut first. An additional €1 500 (R22 108) meanwhile nets the Cup Pack that adds sport suspension, the aforementioned limited slip diff and Brembo brake calipers.