What is the Renault R.S. & R.S. Line?

2 Posted: 2nd Jun 2021
What is the Renault R.S. & R.S. Line?
  • What’s the difference between the Renault R.S. & R.S. Line? Discover the R.S. performance car range and R.S. Line Renault trims at Pentagon.

    R.S. is Renault’s specially made performance car range. These athletic models are designed with superior power, track-like handling and athletic style.

    There’s also R.S. Line trim levels on Renault cars. Read below to find out the differences between R.S. and R.S. Line Renault Cars, including available models and a history of R.S.

    Explore Renault Megane R.S. Spec Guide Get the Megane R.S.


  • What’s the difference between Renault R.S. & R.S. Line?

    R.S. cars are sporty iterations of standard Renault models with specially crafted engines and trackworthy performance. They’re considered separate models to their standard counterparts e.g. the Megane R.S. and the Megane.

    R.S. Line is a trim level available on Renault cars. Rather than having extra engine power, sporty handling or special designs, R.S. Line cars are fully kitted out.

  • What does Renault R.S. stand for?

    R.S. stands for Renault Sport.

    Renault Sport is the performance car division of Renault which makes all the R.S. badged cars. The same abbreviation is true for R.S. Line models, with ‘Line’ showing it’s a trim level.

  • Original Renault Sport logo

    Old Renault Sport logo
  • New Renault Sport logo

    New Renault Sport logo

  • History of R.S.

    Renault Sport was formed back in 1976 as a merger between Reault-owned Alpine and Gordini competition divisions (Alpine is now back producing its own range of road cars.)

    Ever since its inception, Renault Sport has produced track worthy cars. The first ever creation was the Renault Sport Spider back in 1995 - a roofless sports car exclusive to Renault Sport. With only one other version of the Spider releasing in 1997, Renault Sport moved onto making athletic versions of standard Renault models.

  • Renault Sport Spider
  • The first shared model graced by Renault Sport’s touch was the second generation Clio, arguably one of the most recognisable hatches of the late 90s & early 00s. This was the Clio Renaultsport 172 with a 2.0-litre engine with 168hp, and a subsequent 172 Cup model with stiffer suspension and less weight.

  • Clio Renaultsport 172
  • In 2003 the Megane Renaultsport 225 was launched with a 2.0-litre 222hp engine. And since then, there has been release after release until the modern Renault Megane R.S. 300.

    The only other Renault model to receive R.S. treatment is the Twingo Renaultsport 133, acting as a more affordable entry to Renault hot hatches.

  • Twingo Renaultsport 133
  • If you’re after a specific model, find R.S. models in our range of Approved Used Renault cars.

  • The latest Renault R.S. models

    At the time of writing (June 2021), there’s only one model available from new: the Renault Megane R.S.

  • Renault Megane R.S.

    A fan-favourite hot-hatch. The Megane R.S. sparked the country’s love for athletic hatchbacks and the 2021 version is made with the same penchant for motorsport driving.

    Choose from the standard Megane R.S. and the Megane R.S. Trophy. Both models have the same powerhouse engine: a 1.8-litre petrol with 300hp.

    Explore the new Renault Megane R.S.

  • New Renault Megane R.S. Trophy

  • The latest Renault R.S. Line models

    The full list of new R.S. Line Renault cars available now.

  • New Renault Clio R.S. Line

  • New Renault Clio R.S. Line
  • New Renault Megane R.S. Line

  • New Renault Megane Sports Tourer R.S. Line
  • New Renault Megane Sports Tourer R.S. Line

  • New Renault Megane R.S. Line
  • Explore new Renault cars to find the perfect R.S. Line model.


  • R.S. & R.S. Line FAQs

    Find some of the most commonly asked questions about Renault R.S. & R.S. Line cars below.

  • What BHP is a Clio R.S.?

    The most recent model of the Clio R.S. has two engines:

    • Clio R.S. 200 Lux with 200hp
    • Clio R.S. 220 Trophy with 220hp

    Will there be a new Clio R.S.?

    The fourth-generation Clio was the last model to get the R.S. treatment. There isn’t a hot-hatch Clio in the works at the moment either as the focus has moved from the Clio to Alpine.

    Is the Megane R.S. a good car?

    It’s loved all over the country by hot-hatch enthusiasts and everyday drivers. And the Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R currently holds the fastest lap time at Nurburgring for a front-wheel production car. For more information, check out our Megane R.S. Vs. comparison.

    Is Renault Megane R.S. AWD?

    The Megane R.S. is front wheel drive with 4control rear wheel steering


  • Get in touch

    Contact us now to learn about Renault R.S. and R.S. Line cars. You can book in for a test drive at your nearest Pentagon Renault dealership or call us on 0330 390 6849 to learn more.


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