RENAULT Megane Coupe
Generations Timeline, Specs and Pictures
Renault introduced a mid-life cycle refresh for the entire Megane range in 2013 and improved its most potent version, the RS, in the following year.
When Renault introduced the first Megane RS back in back in 2004, it became the benchmark for the hot-hatch industry. It overthrew the standards and overtook its opponents with its turbocharged engine. Its successor appeared in 2010, produced even more power, and kept winning customers for the French brand. But when the carmaker upgraded the rest of the Megane range, the RS version couldn’t be left untouched.
There were not too many things to do to the car on the exterior, but the carmaker still found some areas to work on, such as the front Platine Grey F1-type blade. Another notable change for the 2014 model was the complete body-colored bumper, while its predecessor featured a piano-black center. For the daytime running lights, the carmaker installed six LEDs on each side, three more than the 2010 model.
Inside, the carmaker installed Recaro sport bucket seats for the RS Trophy version. Renault used Alcantara for the upholstery, steering wheel, and handbrake below, with red stitching even on the rear bench seat.
Under the hood, Renault offered the RS with a turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that provided 265 hp. A limited-edition Trophy version offered ten more horses, a standard limited-slip differential, and a reinforced chassis. Both versions featured a six-speed manual transmission.
The 2013 Megane Coupe GT has received a specific Malta Blue color, which was the only one available.
The front bumper has been redesigned for a sportier look. The lower grille and the white headlight surrounds are specific to the GT and GT-Line cars, as are the black headlight masks.
A new set of light-alloy-wheels was available for the Coupe GT, fitted with 225/40 R18 tires. Some aluminum and dark themes were available for the vehicle as well.
Inside, in the dashboard, there is a new analog tachometer besides the digital speedometer. The white background and a very visible red zone suggest a sportier vehicle, but the overall interior updates are not so obvious. Some sportier seats with better lateral support and new color for the seatbelts were fitted as well.
For the Coupe GT Renault offered two specific engines, both with a 2.0-liter displacement and both turbocharged. The gasoline version offered 220 hp and 340 Nm (250 lb-ft) of torque, while the diesel unit had 165 hp and 380 Nm (280 lb-ft) of torque. For both engines, the only transmission available was a six-speed manual unit. Performance was good, with a 0 to 100 kph (0-62 mph) sprint in 8.8 seconds for the diesel and two seconds faster for the gasoline version. Top speed was good for both variants, with 240 kph (150 mph) for the gasoline and 215 kph (133 mph) for the diesel.
The launch of the Renault Megane Coupe took place in September 2008 at the Paris Motor Show.
Renault made a big step forward and designed a coupe that turned heads with its stylish, catchy look.
The interior of the Megane Coupe was ergonomic and very well thought out with softer materials used for the dashboard.
The driving position was very comfortable and the front seats were easily adjustable, as well as the steering wheel.
The load area in the Coupe was fairly sized and could be extended by folding the back seats flat in case users wanted to carry larger objects.
The rear seats offered limited knee-room, so the Coupe was not the most appropriate car to carry adults in the back.
The Coupe came with a standard sat-nav system and users could opt for an assisted parking brake.
Safety wise, the Megane had no less than 8 airbags and even scored 5 stars at the Euro NCAP.
The new steering system along with the stiffer suspension offered great driving in turns with no body roll and good grip.
One of the downsides that was noticed during the Coupe’s production was the soundproofing issue that arose at higher speeds. And that was a pity, because the Coupe was a really good looking car that drove unexpectedly well.
On the other hand, the Coupe had a very good price and lots of nice features.
The third generation of the Renault Megane was unveiled in 2008 as a hatchback with three or five-doors.
Two years later, the French carmaker introduced the GT line.
Renault knew that if it wants to get a big chunk of the market, it had to come with a car priced lower than a German. It also had to make an Italian compact look dull next to it. Maybe the five-door version was not the best-looking compact car on the market, but the three-door version was better than its Italian competitor, the Fiat Bravo since Fiat didn’t make a 3-door version for that. After two years into production, Renault tried to make things harder for its competitors and introduced the GT Line.
At the front, there was a specific bumper with a black, reshaped, lower grille. On the bumper’s outer sides, the Coupe GT/GT Line featured individual housed fog lights. To amplify the aggressive effect, the Renault designers installed black headlamp backgrounds.
Inside, there were more features inspired by the sportiest hot-hatch of the moment, the Megane RS. It sported bucket seats with high bolstering on the outside. Renault installed an analog tachometer in the instrument cluster, unlike the rest of the Megane range that featured digital, LCD, ones. As for the engines, Renault installed a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine. Power went to the front wheels. For the drivetrain, the French carmaker asked the Renault Sport department to enhance the vehicle. As a result, the suspension was stiffer and the ground clearance smaller than a regular Megane Coupe.
When Renault introduced the first generation of the Megane Renault Sport, it became the ultimate hot-hatch on the market and remained there until its successor arrived in 2009.
The Renault Sport department proved that its products were from a different planet, not only postal code than the rest of the products built by the French carmaker. Not only that, the Megane RS was not bland; it was fierce and proved that beating many sports cars on the famous Nurburgring race track. It was the fastest front-wheel-drive car in the world and overtook the Lamborghini Diablo SV, the Porsche Boxster S, and the Dodge Viper GTS in the process.
Unlike its predecessor, the 2009 model featured rounded shapes all over the body, with swept-back headlights and a piano-black grille at the front flanked by the mandatory daytime driving lights. Also, Renault Sport offered a Trophy package which lowered the car even more. At the back, the car featured a tailgate with a roof spoiler at the top. Unlike the rest of the Megane Coupe range, the RS version sported a single tailpipe in the middle, under the rear bumper, flanked by a diffuser.
Inside, the carmaker installed bucket seats with an option for a sport version with integrated headrests and high bolstering on the sides. Its instrument cluster featured a white-dial tachometer and a centered black-dial speedometer, while on the left side, the carmaker installed an LCD for the onboard computer.
But the most important part of the car was underneath it. Renault Sport developed a two-liter turbocharged engine that provided 250 hp for the normal version and 265 for the Trophy one. A hard-core version named Cup was also on the offer, which came with a limited-slip differential fitted as standard.
The 2006 version of Renault Megane RS is actually an improved edition of the 2004 model which was already the most powerful Megane ever built.
Obviously, the new RS, which actually stands for Renault Sport, is now able to provide even more power thanks to its upgraded engines. And speaking of engines, the 2006 Megane RS comes with a choice of two engines, a 2.0-liter 16V turbo and a 2.0-liter dCi, producing 225 and 175 horsepower respectively. Similar to the 2004 model, the new series is available in two body styles, 3- and 5-door hatchback, and is equipped with sports suspension and other parts capable of improving the performance of the car.
The second generation Renault Megane received a facelift in 2006 when the French carmaker upgraded both the design and the technical specifications of the car.
The appearance was enhanced with restyled headlights and a re-shaped front bumper which now provide a more modern and stylish look. The suspension system was also improved while the number of engine configurations was reduced, now ranging between 1.4 16V and 2.0 dCI. The top engine of this model was a 2.0-liter 16V turbo which developed 165 horsepower and a top speed of 136.7 mph, with a 0 to 100 km/h acceleration done in 8.3 seconds.
The GT is a more powerful version of Renault Megane which saw daylight in 2006.
In comparison with the basic edition of the car, the GT comes in two engine configurations, 2.0-liter 16V Turbo and 2.0-liter dCi, and in two body styles, 3- and 5-door hatchback. The top engine is the turbocharged one which develops 165 horsepower and could help the car reach a maximum speed of 220 km/h and a 0 to 100 km/h acceleration in 8.3 seconds. The GT is still in production this year, together with the RS version of the car which is regarded the most powerful Megane ever made.
The RS has always been regarded as the most powerful Megane ever produced, being initially launched in 2004 but upgraded in 2006 in order to follow the same design as the contemporary basic Megane.
More powerful than the GT edition of the car, the RS comes with a 2.0-liter 16V Turbo engine which could produce no less than 225 horsepower, which means the car could reach a top speed of 235 km/h with a 0 to 100 km/h acceleration in 6.5 seconds. The RS, which actually stands for Renault Sport, competes with a couple of other sport cars, including Golf GTI, Opel Astra OPC, Ford Focus ST and Honda Civic Type-R.
The 2002 Renault Megane marked the beginning of the second generation Megane started by the French car manufacturer in 1995 with a 5-door hatchback version.
This new version of Megane was voted the European Car of the Year in 2003 and gained a five-star rating at the EuroNCAP crash tests. Similar to the contemporary Laguna, the Megane came with a keyless system which allowed the driver to unlock the doors and to start the engine without the need for a key. The 2002 model was kept in production until 2006 when Renault refreshed the second generation with a new facelift.
Renault facelifted the entire Megane generation in 1999, preparing it for the Euro 3 emission standards, and the Coupe version was also upgraded.
When the French carmaker introduced the Megane range, it was one of the most extended on the market, produced as a coupe, a cabriolet, a hatchback, a sedan, and an MPV. It was also a successful model based on an older but reliable platform carried over from Renault 19. Its coupe version was built as a better choice than a hot-hatch, but its success was limited.
The carmaker designed the coupe’s front fascia and introduced the “Bird beak” concept design with a vertical slat that divided the front grille in two halves. The headlights resembled a pair of bird eyes as well, while the wrapped-around plastic bumper featured a wide grille on the lower side flanked by two round fog lights. Despite its appearance, the Megance Coupe was a two-door vehicle. Its trunk lid opened without the rear window.
Inside, the carmaker introduced better quality materials and white dials for the instrument panel with red needles. The instrument cluster was extended over the center stack, where Renault introduced a new CD player as an option, above the climate control dials. Its bucket seats at the front were designed mostly for comfort, while in the back, there was almost no room for any person.
Under the hood, the carmaker installed a wide engine range, between 95 hp and 140 hp. Strangely, Renault offered a 1.9-liter turbo-diesel engine.
The Coupe variant of Renault Megane was officially launched in 1996, together with all the other variants of the car unveiled during the same year.
The Coupe was available in four engine configurations, starting with 1.6-liter 90 hp and ending with 2.0-liter 16V 150 hp. The top engine in this series was the 2.0-liter 16V which developed 150 horsepower, a top speed of 133.6 mph and a 0 to 100 km/h acceleration in 8.6 seconds. Especially addressed to the young segment, the Megane Coupe received its first facelift in 1999, being replaced three years later by the Renault Megane Coupe-Cabrio.