Both versions of New Mégane benefit from a comprehensive range of audio systems, too, including a first for a Renault model: a tailor-made top-end system developed in association with Arkamys® and known as ‘3D Sound by Arkamys®’. This specialist in digital audio processing benefits from some ten years of experience and has developed special onboard software which delivers a high quality three dimensional sound. The system can even adapt the listening experience to the number of occupants in the car. Meanwhile, radio reception has been optimized thanks to a dual aerial system comprising a traditional exterior antenna and another screen-printed onto the rear screen.
Connectivity also takes pride of place thanks to the standard RCA/auxiliary socket located on the center console which enables occupants to enjoy personal music collections stored on a portable player. The Plug & Music option enables the driver to scroll through the functions of portable players (USB key, iPod®, etc.) using the car's own steering wheel-mounted finger-tip remote controls, with menus and play lists shown remotely on the dashboard display.
A rewarding driving experience
A New Mégane for everybody's taste: the balanced hatchback and the sportier coupé
New Renault Mégane and New Renault Mégane Coupé share the same MacPherson-type front suspension coupled with a new horned subframe, a configuration which minimizes lateral displacement of the subframe to provide impeccable directional precision. The rear suspension is based on a programmed deflection flexible beam using a closed section beam that combines stiffer torsional performance and light weight. The sum of these features has produced a more responsive, agile ride, as well as improved cornering without detracting from comfort.
The Coupé's dynamic performance lives up to the promise suggested by its looks. Its assertive character is further enhanced by the development of a Sport chassis which has been engineered for even greater driving pleasure. Handling performance has been fine-tuned thanks to stiffer front and rear springs, an increased diameter anti-roll bar and a 12mm lower ride-height compared with the hatchback version of New Mégane.
At the same time, the new power steering system featured on both versions offers even swifter response to inputs from the driver and helps combat the phenomenon of steering wheel inertia.
In addition to the dynamic qualities of their chassis, New Mégane and New Mégane Coupé can claim class-leading stopping power thanks to their generously-dimensioned brakes.
The combination of vented 296 mm-diameter discs at the front and 260 mm-diameter rear discs slows New Mégane to a standstill after repeated braking from 100 kph in just 37 meters, one of the segment's best braking distances.