Here’s a solution for those who want a Megane RS, but have a family and/or dog – the Renault Sport Megane Estate GT 220. Based on the wagon-bodied Megane, the GT 220 is not quite a Megane RS, but shares many of the hot hatch’s tricks.
Under its hood is a detuned version of the 2.0 turbo engine in the Megane RS. Not full fat, but 220 hp and 340 Nm of torque is still plenty of firepower. With the addition of Stop & Start, the GT 220 returns fuel consumption of 7.3 litres per 100 km, which is not bad at all. Ah, and there’s a six-speed manual gearbox, of course.
The GT 220 sits on a “Sport” chassis, which is also available in the Megane RS as a less hardcore option next to the “Cup” chassis – the latter is what TC Euro Cars specifies for Malaysia. Besides that, the wagon gets the same high-performance tyres as the hot hatch, specifically-calibrated EPS steering and “braking performance to match its sporty calling.”
Other unique details include GT 220 badging, a numbered plaque, 18-inch gloss black “Serdard” wheels and gloss black on the door mirrors, diffuser, air scoops and roof bars. There’s also a specific steel gear knob.
Sales of the Spanish-made Megane Estate GT 220 starts this month in France, ahead of its launch in 11 other markets including Japan. Read our review of the Megane RS here.