Renaultsport Megane R26-R – Lightweight Special Coming Soon

Renaultsport Megane R26-RAs a final farewell for the current Renault Megane before the new model hits showrooms next year, Renault are giving us a lightweight two-seater version of the fantastic Renaultsport Megane R26.

According to EVO magazine, the R26-R will use the same 2-litre turbocharged engine but will feature a shorter-throw gearchange and revised suspension settings.

To save weight they’re binning the rear seats and adding a carbonfibre bonnet, polycarbonate rear windows, a thinner exhaust system and one-piece carbon-shelled bucket seats, saving a massive 125kg over the standard R26. As a result expect improved acceleration  (0-60 in only 6.0 seconds!) and even more nimble handling.

The Megane R26 is already renowned for it’s incredible cornering abilities thanks to its limited-slip differential, so the R26-R will definitely be a contender for the title of best hot hatch.

Details are due to be confirmed in July at the British Motor Show.

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Author: Chris Auty

Voted the Breakthrough Blogger of 2013 by SEAT and the Guild of Motoring Writers , Chris has lived and breathed cars since he was old enough to say 'faster'. With a penchant for hot hatches and an allergy to public transport, he would much prefer to drive a bad car than never drive at all. Fortunately his family has learned to put up with this obsession and the internet has provided a channel for his ramblings.

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