What is it?
It's the latest in a long line of Mégane special editions which have included the likes of the Red Bull Racing RB7 and RB8 in the past. Unlike the Trophy-R, production of this hot Mégane won't be limited, and Renault expects to sell around 100 models in the UK.
From the regular 265 comes the five-seat interior, albeit with a few highlights (contrast stitching, Alcantara wheel and a numbered sill plate, as well as some exterior highlights), and the essential Cup chassis with that essential mechanical limited-slip differential.
Meanwhile, from the special Trophy-R comes the 10bhp power upgrade, a lightweight Akrapovic exhaust, as well as the option of 19-inch Michelin tyres from the R in place of the standard 18-inch Bridgestones.
Also optional are Ohlins adjustable dampers from the R (at £2000 over the Trophy’s £28,930 base price), adjustable by 20 steps at the front and 30 at the rear if you’re prepared to get underneath and twiddle. Renaultsport will suggest damper settings on its website for different circumstances, including the ones it used on the Trophy-R’s record run on the Nordschleife. That’s where we drove the Trophy.