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.
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.