The launch of an all-new Renault Megane last year inevitably foreshadows the arrival of a new Megane RS flagship, which Renault has just teased in a fan tribute video posted on Renault Sport’s official Facebook page.
The short one-minute animated video was created to acknowledge the page’s one million fans. It showcases Renault Sport’s history of sporty hatchbacks including the 1983 R5 Turbo, 1993 Clio, 1995 Sport Spider, 2003 Clio V6, 2008 Twingo RS, and 2014 Megane RS Trophy.
Each car was animated video game style in resolution and presentation reflective of the era which it was launched.
After a message thanking its one million Facebook fans, the video ends showing a hatchback draped by a cloth with RS livery. The car’s distinctive C-shaped light pattern shining through the cloth corresponds to Renault’s current design language.
The video then concludes with the message ‘Coming Soon 2017’ flashed across the screen.
The current Megane RS is one of the most highly-regarded hot hatchbacks in the business and was, for a time, the fastest production FWD car around the Nurburgring.
In its most potent guise, the Megane RS 275 Trophy R puts out 275PS and 360Nm from its 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine; in Malaysia, the car is currently available in a 265PS / 360Nm setup.
At present, Renault fits the Megane RS with a 6-speed manual transmission as standard, but following in the footsteps of the Clio RS, the next model might well feature a dual clutch transmission instead.
Outputs of the engine are reportedly targeted at the 300PS mark, putting it in Golf R territory; the big question therefore is, with that much outputs, would front-wheel drive still be a good idea?