Renault Launches its First Diesel Hot Hatch

Published Date: 20th Apr 2007

At the recent Geneva Motor Show, Renault unveiled its latest weapon in the battle for hot hatch domination. It introduced its first performance diesel - the Megane Renaultsport dCi 175.

The launch of the new Megane Renaultsport dCi 175 models completes the recent focus on higher performance models from FIA Formula One World Champions Renault, and in the case of Megane, gives it one of the most comprehensive medium-sized hot hatch ranges on the market.

Already one of the most powerful 2-litre diesel engines in the market, the 2.0 dCi flagship powerplant has been enhanced still further by Renaultsport’s modification of the throttle mapping to optimise response time. The result is that they have shaved a full second off the 50-75mph time in second gear compared to the Renaultsport 225, down to 10 seconds.

This new diesel Megane Renaultsport versions are available in 2 trim levels – dCi 175 or LUX, in 3 or 5-door hatch form. The list of standard equipment for the new dCi 175 is as impressive as its performance and includes – 17" alloys, 60w RDS radio single-CD with 6 speakers, air-con, cruise control with speed limiter, leather steering wheel and gear knob, trip computer plus dark grey cloth upholstery with silver stitching.

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