New Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R: specs and price announced

Following the car’s record breaking Nurburgring lap time, Renault has released a full specification for the Megane R.S. Trophy-R

Renault has released a full specification for its range-topping Megane R.S. Trophy-R. The French firm’s latest hot hatch recently claimed the Nurburgring lap record for front-wheel-drive production cars, with a time of 7:40.100 minutes – more than three seconds quicker than the previous lap record holder, the Honda Civic Type R.

The Trophy-R is powered by the same turbocharged 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine as the Megane R.S 300 Trophy (albeit with a freer-flowing Akrapovic exhaust), producing 296bhp and 400Nm of torque. The engine feeds its power to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission, offering a 0–62mph time of 5.4 seconds and a top speed of 163mph.

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Renault’s engineers have thrown a total of 130kg of out of the Megane’s interior, chassis and bodywork, fitting a carbon composite bonnet, a carbon fibre diffuser, a unique lightened rear axle, thinner glazing and a lightweight battery. The rear seats have also been removed in the interest of weight reduction, while the front seats have been replaced with composite units.

The engineers’ obsession with weight reduction ran so deep that they even replaced the standard Megane R.S. Trophy’s 8.7-inch infotainment system with a smaller 7.0-inch unit, saving 250 grammes. An optional air intake is also available, occupying the same space as the standard car’s driving lamps, and saving a further 2kg.

Chassis upgrades include a set of Ohlins dampers, a Torsen limited slip differential, a new rear strut brace, Brembo four piston calipers and optional carbon ceramic brake discs. The Megane R.S. Trophy-R’s suspension geometry is also unique, with increased negative camber for the front axle.

Renault Sport has also had its wicked way with the hottest Megane’s aerodynamics. The front bumper features a reprofiled splitter which works alongside a set of underbody panels to channel air towards the rear diffuser. The Trophy-R’s twin-exit exhaust is also routed along the same path as the diffuser vanes, minimising turbulence and maximising downforce.

Each model is finished in unique mother-of-pearl paint, which is accented with red graphics for the car’s splitter and flanks. A range of Trophy-R badges also feature, along with a set of lightweight alloy wheels, Alcantara upholstery and a numbered tread plate plaque.

Prices are yet to be announced for the new Megane R.S. Trophy-R, although Renault has confirmed that its production will be limited to 500 units, of which 30 will be sold in the UK. Orders will commence in August, with first deliveries expected to arrive by October.

Now read our review of the standard Renaultsport Megane 300 R.S. Trophy. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below…