Love it or loathe it, the first generation Renault Megane RS was one of the most focused front-wheel drive hot hatches in the market. My first encounter of the vehicle was back in 2007 when I had on test the then special edition R26 F1 Team variant, which commemorated Renault’s 2006 F1 championship title win. The third generation Megane RS has now been launched in Jerez, Spain and I was more than intrigued to sample the model since we have been running a Megane GT in our long-term fleet, which is a rung below the RS variant. Baroque pose As subjective a topic as styling is for some, I have to mention right off the bat that the pictures you see before you of the new RS do no justice to the vehicle. Things like 60mm wider fenders front and back (compared with the GT model) lend it a squat and baroque pose that has to be seen to be appreciated. There is an RS front blade on the lower valance and chequered flag design fog lamps, while 19-inch alloys are wrapped in 245/35 ratio tyres. At...

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