French car maker Renault is introducing Australia’s first genuine hot-hatch powered by a diesel engine in the form of the Megane RS dCi.
Renault will launch a diesel-powered version of its Megane RS hot-hatch in October.
The move to bring diesel performance to the hot-hatch market is indicative of heightened environmental awareness and an increased focus on reduced running costs.
The RenaultSport Megane RS dCi will come in five-door guise only and will be powered by a 127kW, 360NM 2.0-litre turbo-diesel engine.
The engine is the same unit that will debut locally on Renault’s Koleos softroader in September 2008.
Renault claims the RS dCi will complete the 0-100km/h sprint in 8.3 seconds, nearly two seconds slower than the turbocharged petrol version. But what it loses in straight-line performance, it makes up in fuel economy, sipping just 6.5 litres of diesel per 100km.
The new model is the latest in a rash of sporty diesel hatches from European makers, although the Megane RS dCi would become the first genuine hot-hatch with diesel power to reach Australia. Volkswagen sells a diesel version of its Golf GT sporty hatch but not its GTI hot-hatch. Continue reading Renault set to be first with diesel hot-hatch