Peer in through the slimmed-down rear windows and you’ll immediately notice the absence of a rear bench.

As with its forebears, the Trophy-R is a strict two-seater; any room it did have for back-seat passengers has been converted into a dedicated storage space for those optional carbonfibre wheels. These are held in place by a Sabelt safety net secured by ratchet straps, which are in turn fastened to a bright-red strut brace that, in tandem with the net, acts as a divider between the cabin and boot.

Simon Davis

Simon Davis

Road tester
Don’t drop anything heavy on the boot floor. The plastic is so thin and lightweight, some testers were concerned it might disintegrate if exposed to strong sunlight.

Up front, it’s more like business as usual. The general architecture of the forward half of the Trophy-R’s cabin is exactly the same as the standard Mégane RS, which is to say that a lot of rather dull-looking hard and soft-touch plastics cover the vast majority of the car’s interior surfaces. Contrasting red stitching, silver trim highlights and lookalike carbonfibre detailing inject a hint of colour and performance panache into the Trophy-R’s cabin, but it doesn’t quite nail the souped-up aesthetic in the same way the interior of a Honda Civic Type R absolutely does.

Renault Sport’s fastidious weight-saving regime even extends as far as the infotainment system. Instead of Renault’s flagship 8.7in portrait-oriented R-Link touchscreen, the Trophy-R makes do with the smaller 7in unit because, believe it or not, it shaves a further 250g off the hot hatch’s kerb weight.

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The screen itself is easy enough to read, and the operating system is perfectly intuitive, but the sophistication of the software and the quality of the graphics do leave a little to be desired. Mapping information is decidedly basic, and there is at times a noticeable hesitation between input and delay.

Still, the presence of dedicated touch-sensitive shortcut buttons along the bottom side of the screen does make jumping between menus quicker and easier, but they can get in the way if you’re not careful. More than one of our testers said they’d accidentally brushed their fingers against them while using the screen on the move, as they’re positioned right where you tend to anchor your hand.

Lightweight fixed-back Sabelt bucket seats are upholstered in Alcantara, as is the lid for the centre console storage compartment and the steering wheel. A six-point harness is an optional extra, although our test car made do with the standard three-point inertia reel belts.

While it’s less of a concern in a track-focused car such as this, boot space is still respectable at 355 litres, providing more than enough room for two large suitcases – or, perhaps more likely, a couple of trolley jacks, a paddock tent, some tyre warmers and a hot-water urn.

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