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Renault adds new sporty flagship GT Mégane

The all-new Renault Mégane line-up has gained a new GT dCi 165 Auto EDC range-topper.

Available in both hatchback and Sport Tourer bodystyles, the new model's twin-turbo engine is the most powerful 1.6-litre diesel available on the market today, according to Renault, with power and torque output of 165hp and 380Nm respectively.

The latest addition to the GT range, developed and engineered by Renault Sport, the GT dCi 165 Auto EDC is for drivers ‘who like to access torque at low revs for enjoyable performance in all conditions’. It is mated to Renault’s, smooth-shifting six-speed Efficient Dual-Clutch (EDC) gearbox.

The GT dCi 165 Auto EDC is capable of 0-62mph in 8.8 seconds with a top speed of 133mph, and returns a combined-cycle fuel consumption of 61.4mpg and CO2 of 120g/km. The figures for the Sport Tourer are 8.9sec, 133mph, 61.4mpg and 124g/km respectively.

At speeds of less than 50mph in Sport mode and 37mph in other modes the front and rear wheels turn in opposite directions, by up to 2.7 degrees at the back, giving the GT the manoeuvrability of a shorter-wheelbase vehicle. At higher speeds the front and rear wheels steer in the same direction, turning by up to 1 degree at the back.

Exterior and interior enhancements give the GT a more sporty and dynamic look. At the front, a wider lower air intake with a honeycomb-pattern mesh is flanked by lateral scoops. Dark metal, diamond cut 18-inch alloy wheels and door mirror housings match the finish on the front air scoops and rear diffuser. Iron Blue metallic body colour is exclusive to the GT & GT Line range at £645.

Inside, the GT’s sports front seats feature additional lateral support to the base and backrest and integral headrests, blue top-stitching and a chequered logo. The upholstery options – in fabric or Alcantara – provide hints of blue, whilst the steering wheel is leather. The GT features an auto-dimming rearview mirror and chrome door sill plates with the Renaultsport logo.

Standard equipment for the GT Nav includes the Visio system - with lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition, automatic high/low beam - as well as Electronic Stability Control (ESC) with traction and understeer control, ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Hill Start Assist (HSA), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), speed limiter, and automatic headlights and windscreen wipers.

Equipment ‘usually expected in the class above’ includes a hands-free keycard, automatic Dual Zone climate control, full LED headlights and a rear parking camera with front & rear parking sensors. For comfort, the driver’s seat adjusts for height and lumbar support and the steering wheel adjusts for rake and reach.

The R-LINK2 multimedia system features an 8.7-inch portrait display which is highly responsive and can be operated with pinch and zoom movements, just like a smartphone or tablet. It gives access to TomTom LIVE services with Western EU mapping, DAB/ FM/AM tuner, Bluetooth audio streaming and vehicle apps.

Renault’s Multi-Sense system is also fitted and can be used to modify the throttle pedal and engine response, engine sound, steering weight, the speed of the Auto EDC gear changes, TFT instrument display design and interior lighting ambience through a choice of five colours.

GT dCi 165 Auto EDC is now available as a hatchback or Sport Tourer estate priced from £27,740 OTR.