By Stewart Smith on 2017-06-02 - Stewart was the former motoring editor of the Coventry Telegraph and is now a freelance contributor to Eurekar. He is based in Scotland and specialises in First Drive reviews.
Hot diesel powers
new Megane GT
A HIGH performance diesel GT is being added to the Renault Megane line up as a new flagship for the range.
The new Megane GT dCi features the most powerful 1.6-litre diesel currently available using twin turbos to produce 165bhp.
Priced from Â£27,740 for the Megane hatch and Â£29,040 for the Sport Tourer estate, the GT is fitted with Renault's six speed dual clutch electronic gearbox.
Renault says the hatch version is capable of a top speed of 133mph, 0-62mph in eight seconds, and returns combined-cycle fuel consumption of 61.4mpg with CO2 of 120g/km. The figures for the Sport Tourer are 8.9sec, 133mph, 61.4mpg and 124g/km respectively.
The new GT is fitted with Renault Sport-developed suspension and the 4Control chassis with four-wheel steering for added agility.
The car is built at Renault's factory in Spain alongside the mainstream Megane models but has been designed by the Renault Sport team giving it a wider lower air intake with a honeycomb-pattern mesh flanked by lateral scoops at the front.
Dark metal, diamond cut 18-inch alloy wheels and door mirror housings match the finish on the front air scoops and rear diffuser.
On the inside the GT's sports front seats feature additional lateral support to the base and backrest and integral headrests, blue top-stitching and a chequered logo.
The GT also features an auto-dimming rear view mirror and chrome door sill plates with the Renault Sport logo.
It also comes with standard equipment including lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, automatic high/low beam, electronic stability control with traction and understeer control, ABS with hill start assist, adaptive cruise control, speed limiter and automatic headlights and windscreen wipers.
The GT's R-LINK2 multimedia system features an 8.7-inch display which can be operated with pinch and zoom movements, just like a smartphone or tablet. It gives access to TomTomLIVE services, DAB/ FM/AM tuner, Bluetoothaudio streaming and vehicle apps.
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