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Renault Mégane GT: "High Performance Day-In Day-Out "
Renault Mégane GT: "High Performance Day-In Day-Out "
With Mégane GT, Renault covers the high-performance compact car segment, which is booming across Western Europe. Mégane GT is available in coupé and hatchback versions boasting a smart, sports-inspired interior in keeping with the assertive exterior design.
Mégane GT meets the demanding expectations of customers seeking driving pleasure first and foremost. An advanced-technology chassis affords sprightly performance with no compromise on comfort. With a choice of two outstanding engines (165 hp 2.0 T petrol, or 150 hp 2.0 dCi diesel), Mégane GT captures the very essence of sensational driving experience, day-in day-out. Mégane GT is made at the Renault plant in Palencia, Spain, and will be released toward the end of 2006.
The Western European market for high-performance compact cars (140 to 160 hp) is rocketing. From a marginal 2% in 2002, it has grown to account for around 20% of C-segment diesel cars today. To address this demand, Renault is releasing the new Mégane GT.
Mégane GT, available in coupé and hatchback formats, is a full-fledged member of the Mégane range, and takes the place of the Dynamique trim version with 165 hp 2.0 T petrol or 150 hp 2.0 dCi diesel engine. The car’s strong personality shows through in a highly assertive exterior design, complete with spoiler and chrome-finished radiator grill surrounds on the front bumper, side skirts, hatch airfoil, special 17’’ aluminium wheels in dark metallic finish, and a dual chrome-finish central exhaust outlet with tailpipe trim in dark metallic finish and “GT” badge.
Mégane GT comes in a choice of eight body colours, including the exclusive “metal blue”. The interior styling abounds with sports features such as bucket seats, leather-covered steering wheel with “GT” badge, and aluminium pedals and footrest. Leather upholstery is available on
option. The tone is modern and vibrant, with stippled stainless steel paint finish on the central dashboard panel, glove compartment trim and inside door handles, and a blue-grey background for the instrument dials. The upholstery features beaded stitching, and the seatbelt straps are in silver-grey.
Choice of diesel or petrol engine
Mégane GT is available with the 2.0 dCi diesel engine, a powerful yet economical unit that implements up-to-the-minute technologies including piezo-electric injectors, 1600-bar common rail and variable-nozzle turbocharger. With power output reaching 150 hp (110 kW) at 4000 rpm
and torque 340 Nm at 2000 rpm, this engine is among the most efficient in its category. With drive coupled through a six-speed manual gearbox, the diesel-powered Mégane GT gets snappy response across an extended range, comparable to that of a petrol version. Mégane GT 2.0 dCi also boasts best-in-class fuel economy and pollution control, consuming just 5.4 l per 100 km, and emitting just 144 g of CO2 per km.
To address motorists who prefer a petrol power pack, Mégane GT is also available with the 2.0 T engine, which develops maximum power of 165 hp (120 kW) at 5000 rpm and maximum torque of 270 Nm at 3250 rpm. Coupled with a six-speed manual gearbox, this engine propels Mégane GT from 0 to 100 km/h in just 8.3 s.
With either engine, Mégane GT offers discerning motorists a distinctive blend of driving pleasure, pure performance and versatility.
Whereas some sports-oriented cars achieve high performance at the expense of driving comfort, Mégane GT manages to combine both virtues. This achievement owes much to the car’s specially developed chassis: the technical solutions adopted by Renault engineers would emphasize body support and front axle efficacy without jeopardizing vertical damping.
Specifically, Mégane GT features specially calibrated shock absorbers affording full control over body motion regardless of driving style. And for improved rear axle tracking, the substructure linkage uses specially hardened parts.
The Mégane GT chassis differs from the previous chassis used on Mégane 2.0 T and 2.0 dCi Dynamique on several points. Front and rear anti-sway subsystems are stiffer to reduce the roll angle when cornering. The body is 10 mm lower, to bring down the centre of gravity. Front and rear springs are 24% stiffer. Front axle precision and response are optimized by special
settings for the electric power steering system, and stiffer front suspension damping units.
The electronic stability programme (ESP) is specially calibrated for the high-performance features of the Mégane GT chassis. With this chassis, Mégane GT is capable of slick response along winding roads while losing none of its comfort under urban or motorway conditions.
Proven industrial process
Hatchback and coupé versions of Mégane GT are made at the Renault Palencia plant in Spain, one of the three major sites making Mégane Hatch, Sport Hatch and Sport Tourer. The 165 hp 2.0 T and 150 hp 2.0 dCi engines that power Mégane GT are made at the Renault Cléon plant in France.
Renault has invested €5 million in developing Mégane GT.
Mégane in Europe
Mégane II ranks number-two in the European sales charts, and is the top-selling car (across all segments) in France, Belgium, Spain, Holland and Portugal for 2006 so far.
Since Mégane II first appeared on the market in 2002 it has sold a total of 2,358,648 units in Europe (by end of September 2006). With its seven different body variants, Mégane offers a very close match to differing customer expectations across the whole breadth of its market segment. Top five-star EuroNCAP rating attests to superlative safety levels. Performance and equipment reap full benefit from up-to-the-minute technologies developed by Renault and the Renault-Nissan Alliance. This goes a long way to explaining Mégane’s benchmark status in the C segment.
Sales growth outside Europe
Mégane II was pitched as a worldwide programme from the outset, with a view to achieving broad international outreach for Renault outside Europe.
From initial release in late 2002 through to the end of September 2006, Mégane II sales outside Europe stood at nearly 700,000 units. And sustained growth continues (up by 12.47% for 2006 so far, with respect to the same period in 2005).
Mégane II is sold in 73 countries outside Europe. Successful performance on these international markets is driven primarily by the Mégane Sedan version made at the Bursa plant in Turkey and the Curitiba plant in Brazil.
Mégane GT was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show and will be released toward the end of 2006.