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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.

These French hot hatches have always had brilliant levels of specification along with good power and a brilliant chassis and suspension combo, which is why they’re seen playing on track more than the streets. This new model will reportedly be the last to wear an RS badge, and being based on an RS Trophy it already has the right chassis and engine to be a brilliant farewell to the nameplate. There will be just 1 976 units made available, a nod to the year Renault Sport started. From here on in, sports models will come from Alpine, the group’s current sports brand. This Megane RS Ultime features a new sticker kit over 60mm wider front and 45mm wider rear fenders, side air vents, R.S. Vision headlights, a centre-exit exhaust, a shark-fin antenna, a spoiler and a rear diffuser. Inside there are still RS-embroidered Recaro bucket seats with titanium black Alcantara upholstery, and there’s a numbered metal plate near the transmission controls signed by Laurent Hurgon who is the driver and development expert who worked on the Megane RS throughout its production run. He also currently holds the Nürburgring, Suzuka and Spa-Francorchamps records. Powering the Ultime is the turbocharged 2.0 that’s rated at 224 kW and 420Nm of torque, and when combined with an EDC gearbox and Torsen mechanical differential it can get to 100km/h in just 5.7 seconds. The car also sees fitment of Bridgestone Potenza S007 semi-slicks on lightweight Fuji Light 19-inch wheels. Stopping power is still by Brembo. The front axle has independent pivots, lowered Cup chassis, hydraulic compression stops and a 4CONTROL 4-wheel steering system.

"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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