Here in SA Renault doesn’t have the best reputation, and people often comment on the reliability based on their grandad’s friend’s car that has issues in 1989. While there may well be issues, they don’t seem to pop up on the models that bear the RS badge. The cars are built right because of their sports driving tendencies, the RS-badged cars are aimed at the weekend track day enthusiast and will likely be thrashed at track days. Here in SA there’s a local time attack race series for amateur drivers (by that I mean they’re not professional, but many can outdrive the pros) and there’s a handful of RS models that compete and in all the years the series has been running, I’ve never seen any sort of failure that ended the day’s racing. This goes for the Megane and Clio RS models. If they’re well-maintained, these Renaults are bulletproof, just like most cars - if you look after them, they will look after you. The brand has a small footprint in SA, but it’s great to see some enthusiast drivers deviate from the usual hot hatch offerings. While most here won’t even realise the RS-badged cars won’t be available soon, there will be a few that are heartbroken about it.
"Megane R.S. represents 15 years of my work at Renault Sport. Since the Megane II phase 2, we have constantly improved its dynamic performance in order to remain the leader in front-wheel-drive sports cars. The records on the Nürburgring Nordschleife are unforgettable challenges, full of passion, adrenalin and emotion. And now, Megane R.S. Ultime... I am particularly proud to sign the version crowning this wonderful saga." Laurent Hurgon, driver and development expert at Renault Group
Take a look at the YouTube video, well it's sort of a video, that shows off the latest incarnation of the Renault Megane RS dubbed Ultime, which is also reportedly the last of the RS models: New Renault Megane R.S. Ultime 2023 | LAST Renault Sport Model | FIRST LOOK | Planet Car News
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