Set to make its UK debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June, the new model features Renault's Cup chassis and includes a limited-slip differential as standard.
The car has also received a power upgrade. One of the key features is an Akrapovic performance titanium exhaust system, which helps to increase output from the 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine from 261bhp to 271bhp (or 275hp). There's also 266lb ft of torque available, while Renault quotes fuel consumption at 37.7mpg alongside CO2 emissions of 174g/km.
The car is likely to be the model which Renault will use to tackle the sub eight-minute Nürburgring lap record for front-wheel drive cars, currently held by Seat at 7min 58.4sec and at an average speed of 96.8mph.
A performance Mégane was previously teased in a preview video in association with Akrapovic. Dubbed the Under 8 project, it is believed that Renault will attempt to take back the record from the Volkswagen Group in June.