What is it?
Put simply, it’s a Renaultsport 250 Cup given an extra 15bhp and 15lb ft of torque. Doesn’t sound like much but for those who like their hot hatches the Trophy is a welcome step up the power rankings for the Megane RS – a car that has already established itself as having one of the finest front-wheel drive chassis out there. Which is a good thing because no changes have been made to that chassis; even Renault think it’s good enough as is.
Only 500 examples of the Trophy will be made and only 50 of those will come to the UK, so exclusivity – and the appropriate styling tweaks and decals – is likely to be as big a reason as the power hike to pay the extra £3800 that Renault is asking for the Trophy over the standard Megane 250 Cup.
What’s it like?
Unsurprisingly the differences in feel between the Trophy and the standard car are fairly subtle, but the extra power has given the 2.0-litre turbocharged four-pot a more lairy power delivery. It’s not as much of an attack on the senses as the Ford Focus RS on full bore, but as a whole the Trophy feels like it’s making a more vigorous attempt to maul the tarmac than the standard car; An impression that’s emphasised by the pleasingly gravelly intake noise and new easy-squeal Bridgestone Potenza RE05A tyres (which are available as an off-the-shelf tyre, too).