Most powerful model from Renault's performance arm goes on sale today with chassis and powertrain modifications
17 December 2018

Prices for the Renault Mégane RS Trophy have been announced, starting at £31,810 for the entry-level six-speed manual variant. 

For £33,510, the range-topping hot hatch is available with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. The Cup chassis, optional on the Mégane RS, comes fitted as standard on the Trophy, comprising a Torsen mechanical limited-slip differential, 25% firmer shock absorbers, 30% firmer springs and 10% stiffer anti-roll bars.

Further standard kit includes unique lightweight 19in alloy wheels, Trophy stripes on the front bumper and an active exhaust system. 

Both the engine and chassis of the Mégane RS Trophy have received extensive attention, helping it to earn the title of the most potent series-production car to be produced by Renault’s performance arm.

Using a ramped-up version of the Mégane RS’s turbocharged 1.8-litre engine with a new exhaust system, the Trophy produces up to 296bhp and 310lb ft of torque. Those are gains of 20bhp and 22lb ft, and while it’s still 20bhp short of the Honda Civic Type R, the Trophy has a healthy 15lb ft advantage.

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The uprated four-cylinder is now also more responsive and eager to rev, owing to the use of new turbocharger hardware that’s inspired by Renault Sport’s Formula 1 engine. The turbine, which rotates at almost 200,000rpm, is now mounted on a ceramic ball bearing, saving weight and reducing friction by a third. This responsiveness is maximised when the new exhaust system bypasses a silencer with a mechanical valve.

Renault Sport says the extra urgency of the powertrain essentially offsets a loss in power caused by increased back pressure, which has come thanks to the fitment of a new particulate filter, encouraged by the introduction of the WLTP emissions regulations. The powertrain therefore complies with the latest Euro 6d-Temp regulations.

The dual-clutch automatic gearbox enables the maximum torque figure, but the six-speed manual requires a reduction in peak torque to bring it down to 295lb ft. That's still a 7lb ft improvement over the standard Mégane RS, however.

The EDC box enables the slightly higher output because it can work with “specific mapping”, Renault Sport says. That advantage, as well as the quicker shifting times, will likely give an EDC-equipped Trophy the better straight-line performance, although at this stage only a 0-62mph time for the manual is provided. It hits the mark in 5.7sec, 0.1sec quicker than the normal manual RS.

The fitment of aluminium hubs, which, along with new 19in Jerez alloy wheels wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza S001 tyres, help to lower unsprung mass to improve steering feel and suspension performance, further boosts this track-ready set-up.

So too does the addition of bi-material front brake discs of 355mm in diameter. These are each 1.8kg lighter and are claimed to be even more capable of dissipating heat build-up during hard use. They work with Brembo calipers finished in red.

From 2019 onwards, Renault Sport will offer optional 19in Fuji wheels, which will be 2kg lighter each than the Jerez items and come wrapped in stickier Bridgestone Potenza S007 tyres. The Japanese tyre maker has worked with Renault Sport to develop a specific version for this car.

Carried over from the standard Mégane RS is Renault Sport’s 4Control all-wheel steering system, which enhances agility and improves high-speed stability.

The Trophy gets new seat mounts that sit the driver 20mm closer to the ground. There are also new optional Alcantara-covered Recaro sports seats, which are different from those offered on the normal RS hatch, providing even more lateral support.

Although unconfirmed, an even more focused Trophy-R version is due next. That car will follow the example of the 275 Trophy-R of the previous Mégane and ditch its back seats. It’s likely to challenge for the front-wheel-drive Nürburgring lap record, which is currently held by the Civic Type R.

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19 July 2018

Very appetising.

The car-buying public gets what it deserves, unfortunately ...

19 July 2018

Amazing that both the Type R and this, with FWD, will absolutely demolish any Focus RS even thought that is 4WD. I know Ford built the RS with fun as a priority but I sincerely hope the next RS is a jump beyond in terms of pure track performance.

19 July 2018
Ubberfrancis44 wrote:

Amazing that both the Type R and this, with FWD, will absolutely demolish any Focus RS even thought that is 4WD. I know Ford built the RS with fun as a priority but I sincerely hope the next RS is a jump beyond in terms of pure track performance.

 

I don't think they would demolish one on the same day / conditions / bumpy circuit or road. Let alone a wet one.

The CTR is just ugly, I can't get past the looks to think about the great driving experience. I would rather this Megane, at least it looks the part and will no doubt drive it. The Focus is alright too, heavy though.

19 July 2018

So glad Renault still provide enthusiasts with these. I loved my Clio 182 with its Cup chassis. Whilst it didn't have the "quality feel" of a VW et al it had so much more character, fizz and fun - and this is the same from what I read. My VW GTD in excitement terms was like supermarket own brand economy slice white bread, the Renault was like a warm baguette fresh from the boulangerie.

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17 December 2018

I wonder if Alpine will be squeezing this engine into the A110?

18 December 2018

I don't think it'll be much of a squeeze as the same engine, minus mods, is already in the A110.

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26 December 2018
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