Renault’s decision to convert the Megan into an electric SUV has at the same time destroyed its RS segment and misled many enthusiasts. Fortunately, French carmakers have not completely forgotten the history of making some world-beat performance cars, recently featuring a special Megane e-tech inspired by iconic Renault Cleo Williams.
In the world of hot hatches, Cleo Williams is considered royal. In fact, it is widely regarded as one of the greatest hot hatches of all time, and since its introduction in 1993, people have redefined what a hot hatch can do.
The slot under the Cleo Williams modified bodywork is a naturally-desired 2.0-liter four-cylinder that pumps 145 hp at 6,100 rpm and 129 lb-ft (175 Nm) of torque at 4,500 rpm. Renault has also extensively modified Cleo’s suspension system for use on the Williams, making it one of the most responsive, precise and enjoyable hot hatches for driving.
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To celebrate Cleo Williams at a recent JASP event in Madrid, Spain, Renault has introduced a special Megan e-Tech with a design inspired by Cleo.
Cleo Williams still thanks today for her dark blue finish and contrasting gold wheels. The special Megane E-Tech is bathed in the same shade of dark blue and is adorned with some gold accents, especially across the front fascia and along the rocker panel. Although it doesn’t have a gold wheel like the Cleo, it still shows the part.
Of course, the new Megane E-Tech has very little in common with Clio Williams except for the badge. It is underpinned by the same CMF-EV platform and electric powertrain as the Nissan Aria and is offered in 129 hp and 215 hp configurations. Renault says the entry-level 40 kWh battery pack is good for the WLTP range of 186 miles (299 km) whereas the larger 60 kWh offers range up to 292 miles (470 km).
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