By Ronan Glon
Wednesday, Nov 21st, 2012 @ 4:13 am
 

Renault has lifted the veil off of the Mégane Estate GT 220, a limited-edition performance-focused station wagon.

Visually, the Estate GT is fitted with an aggressive body kit that includes a discreet air diffuser mounted on the rear bumper. Fitted with flat black 18-inch alloy wheels, brushed aluminum roof rails and body-colored door handles, the GT is easily distinguishable from other Mégane wagons.

On the inside, the front passengers are treated to bucket seats and a healthy dose of GT-specific trim such as red stitching on the steering wheel and a steel shift knob. The rear bench can fold flat into the floor to free up 56.5 cubic feet of trunk space.

Far from a mere bundle of aesthetic upgrades, the Estate GT is powered by a detuned version of the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-banger that is found under the hood of the record-setting Mégane R.S. The mill sends 220 horsepower and 250 lb-ft. of torque to the front set of wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. Performance specifications were not released.

Renault claims that the wagon returns up to 32 miles per gallon in a mixed European cycle thanks to an automatic start/stop system.

A RenaultSport-tuned chassis and suspension system keep the extra power in check, while the electric power steering has been recalibrated to obtain a more responsive feel.

Each Mégane Estate GT 220 will wear a numbered plaque on the center console but Renault has yet to indicate how many examples it plans on building and how much each one will cost. The car is scheduled to go on sale in France, Japan and ten other countries before the end of this year.