2007 Renault Megane Sport dCi review and pictures

Posted on Tuesday, 10 April 2007 , 10:04:38 byAlina

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Renault Megane Sport dCi

Renault had launched the Megane Renault Sport dCi. It features a 2.0-liter diesel engine that can deliver 175 horsepower and 360 Nm of torque available form 2.000 rpm and across an operational power band similar to that of a petrol engine. The model will be appreciated as well because of its reasonable running costs, having only 6.5 l / 100 km fuel consumption. On the outside it looks exactly like the petrol version. In terms of active safety, the model is fitted as standard with a dynamic electronic stability program. Passive safety features a five4 star performer in EuroNCAP crash tests. Megane Renault Sport dCi is built on the Dieppe assembly line, and uses shells brought from the Palencia plant, in Spain. The production system has been modified to the particular requirements of this high-performance diesel and quality control standards are a match for the very best. All models developed by Renault Sport Technologies are produced at the Dieppe factory.

The launch of Megane Renault Sport dCi sees Renault complete its range of sportingcars with the addition of a high-performance diesel. Aimed at drivers who relish everyday driving, the Renault Sport Technologies-developed Megane Renault Sport dCi will also appeal to those who appreciate reasonable running costs. Its 2.0-litre common rail 127kW (175hp) diesel powerplant boasts generous maximum torque of 360Nm available from 2,000rpm and across an operational power band similar to that of a petrol engine. Meanwhile, its exceptional combined cycle fuel consumption of just 6.5 litres/100km makes it an ideal choice for fans of sporting cars who wish to drive their car on a regular basis.

In keeping with other Renault Sport Technologies-engineered models, Megane RenaultSport dCi`s standard chassis delivers sports performance, while those who prefer a more focused drive will appreciate the optional Cup chassis. Available with three or five doors, Megane Renault Sport dCi is built in Renault's Dieppe factory.

Last December's launch of the 150hp Megane GT 2.0 dCi paved the way for the arrival of other dynamic, compact Renault diesel saloons, including Megane Renault Sport dCi which will appeal to customers who savour the opportunity to drive a high-performance car... but would appreciate it all the more if they could use it every day without paying too much for the privilege. Drivers of high-performance diesels tend to cover a much higher annual mileage than those in petrol-powered equivalents. For them, therefore, it is vital to strike a balance between running costs and performance when it comes to choosing a new car. The compact diesel saloon segment is expanding significantly in western Europe.

Two proven chassis

Beneath the skin you'll find the underpinnings of the petrol-powered Megane Renault Sport 2.0 T and the standard Renault Sport chassis blends dynamic handling with the kind of comfort everyday driving demands.

Independent steering-axis front suspension guarantees precise and efficient handling in all circumstances, while body movement is minimized by a 20mm-diameter anti-roll bar. The front suspension has also been tuned to suit Megane Renault Sport dCi's characteristics and weight distribution. Spring stiffness and damper settings are consequently specific to this diesel version.

The rear suspension is based around a programmed-deflection flexible beam, the torsional stiffness of which is equivalent to that of the Cup chassis version of Megane Renault Sport 2.0 T (80Nm/°). The suspension components themselves are identical to those employed on the

Sport chassis Megane Renault Sport 2.0 T.

A Cup chassis is optionally available. This features an ESP system than can be switched off, as well as specially tuned front and rear dampers and 37% stiffer springs compared with the Sport chassis version. Readily recognisable thanks to its aluminium alloy wheels and anthracite exterior mirrors, this chassis enables committed driving enthusiasts to explore the full potential of this potent Megane diesel.

Powerful and fade-free, the Brembo braking system features four discs that are impressive in terms of both diameter (312mm and ventilated at the front, 300mm at the rear) and thickness (28mm at the front, 11mm at the rear). The front discs are also equipped with four-piston calipers. The alloy wheels run on Continental Sport Contact 2 tyres, either 225/45R17 (for the Confort trim level) or 225/40R18 (Luxe). These were chosen for their renowned qualities of traction and grip.

The electronically variable power steering has been set up specifically to suit the car's weight distribution.

In terms of active safety, Megane Renault Sport dCi is fitted as standard with a dynamic electronic stability programme (ESP) which has also been set up to suit the car's particular characteristics. Passive safety features are the same as those on any other Megane - a five4 star performer in EuroNCAP crash tests.

Externally, Megane Renault Sport dCi is identical to the petrol version (without the rear spoiler) and is available in both three- and five-door form. Inside, the mood is distinctly sporting thanks to the aluminium pedals, leather steering wheel and seats with increased lateral support. A range of accessories will also shortly be available to enable Megane Renault Sport dCi owners to customize their vehicle as a function of their individual tastes.

Dieppe's sporting know-how

Megane Renault Sport dCi is built on Renault's Dieppe assembly line, using shells delivered from the company's Palencia plant, in Spain. The production system has been modified to the particular requirements of this high-performance diesel and quality control standards are a match for the very best. The Dieppe factory oversees production of all sporting models developed by Renault Sport Technologies.