Weight reduction and reworked aerodynamics help limited-run version of hot hatch claim front-wheel-drive mark

The limited-run Renault Mégane RS Trophy-R has been revealed, with the hot hatch undergoing comprehensive weight reduction programme to offer increased performance.

Due on sale later this year, the new range-topper features the same highly tuned 1.8-litre turbo engine as the Mégane RS 300 Trophy, which produces 296bhp and 295lb ft of torque. That car achieves 0-62mph in 5.7sec and a top speed of 161mph.

Renault says that the Trophy-R is 130kg lighter, due to a weight reduction programme led by Renault Sport, which developed the new model with the same apporach taken on a racing car.

The Trophy-R is claimed to feature improved aerodynamics and a reworked chassis drive axles to boost performance. That maintains the ethos of previous generations of Trophy-R, which have been focused on extracting performance through handling and dynamics, rather than purely relying on power.

The model has also benefitted from development work undertaken by Renault Sport's partners; it features an Akrapovič exhaust, Brembo brakes, Bridgestone tyres and Öhlins shock absorbers.

While Renault has yet to give full performance details of the Trophy-R, it claims it has set a new front-wheel-drive production car lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. According to Renault, the car lapped the 12.80-mile Nordschleife in 7min 40.10sec on 5 April, and also posted a time of 7min 45.39secs on the full 12.94-mile layout. It has previously been spied in action on the German race track.

The Trophy-R is set to make its public debut at Formula 1's Monaco Grand Prix this weekend before going on sale later this year, with a limited production run of “a few hundred” models. Pricing hasn't yet been disclosed. The 300 Trophy costs £31,835, and the exclusivity of the new model means it's likely to cost around £10,000 more.

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The front-wheel-drive production car record at the Nürburgring was previously held by the current Honda Civic Type R, which lapped the track in 7min 43.80sec.

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21 May 2019

 A lot of money, ten grand more?!, is it really ten grand more Car?

Peter Cavellini.

21 May 2019
Peter Cavellini wrote:

 A lot of money, ten grand more?!, is it really ten grand more Car?

 

Of course not, just to get the bragging rights.. one up over Honda and VW..

21 May 2019
Peter Cavellini wrote:

 A lot of money, ten grand more?!, is it really ten grand more Car?

The answer to you typical rethorical question is a clear, resounding “yes and no”. 

22 May 2019
SENSATIONAL!!!

22 May 2019
Peter Cavellini wrote:

 A lot of money, ten grand more?!, is it really ten grand more Car?

 

How can anyone tell until we have seen the full spec and how good it is to drive.

Obviously.

 

 

 

 

 

 

21 May 2019

Renault Megan RS Trophy-RS will be even faster!

21 May 2019
NoPasaran wrote:

Renault Megan RS Trophy-RS will be even faster!

 

The next iteration of VW or Honda will beat it..

22 May 2019
mpls wrote:

NoPasaran wrote:

Renault Megan RS Trophy-RS will be even faster!

 

The next iteration of VW or Honda will beat it..

 

Renault Megan RS Trophy-RS-Square will take back the crown afterwards!

22 May 2019
NoPasaran wrote:

mpls wrote:

NoPasaran wrote:

Renault Megan RS Trophy-RS will be even faster!

 

The next iteration of VW or Honda will beat it..

 

Renault Megan RS Trophy-RS-Square will take back the crown afterwards!

 

 

Then after that whatever VW/Honda do will beat that too..  where will it end ??

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