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New Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R prices announced

Luke Wilkinson 2019-07-31 00:01

Prices for the record-setting Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R hot hatch will start from £51,140, climbing to £72,140 with performance extras

Prices for the record-setting Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R have been released. Limited to 500 units globally, of which 32 will come to the UK, the entry level variant will start from £51,140, while the range-topping Nurburgring Record Pack model will cost £72,140. First deliveries are expected in October.

The Trophy-R is powered by the same turbocharged 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine as the Megane R.S 300 Trophy (albeit with a freer-flowing Akrapovic exhaust), producing 296bhp and 400Nm of torque. The engine feeds its power to the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission, offering a 0–62mph time of 5.4 seconds and a top speed of 163mph.

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Renault’s engineers have thrown a total of 130kg of weight out of the Megane’s interior, chassis and bodywork, fitting a carbon composite bonnet, a carbon fibre diffuser, a unique lightened rear axle, thinner glazing and a lightweight battery. The rear seats have also been removed in the interest of weight reduction, while the front seats have been replaced with composite units.

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Renault Megane Renaultsport Trophy-R rear

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The engineers’ obsession with weight reduction ran so deep that even the standard Megane R.S. Trophy’s 8.7-inch infotainment system is replaced by a smaller 7.0-inch unit, saving 250 grammes. An optional air intake is also available, occupying the same space as the standard car’s driving lamps, and saving a further 2kg.

Chassis upgrades include a set of Ohlins dampers, a Torsen limited slip differential, a rear strut brace, four-piston Brembo brake calipers and a unique set of Bridgestone Potenza tyres. The Megane R.S. Trophy-R’s suspension geometry is also unique, with increased negative camber for the front axle.

Renault Sport has fettled the hottest Megane’s aerodynamics, too. The front bumper features a reprofiled splitter which channels air along a set of underbody panels to towards the rear diffuser. The Trophy-R’s twin-exit exhaust is also routed along the same path as the diffuser vanes, minimising turbulence and maximising downforce.

As a result Renault Sport’s chassis upgrades and fastidious attention to weight-saving, the Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R recently claimed the Nurburgring lap record for front-wheel-drive production cars, with a time of 7 minutes, 40.1 seconds – more than three seconds quicker than the previous lap record holder, the Honda Civic Type R.

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Renault Megane Renaultsport Trophy-R interior

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The range-topping Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R Nurburgring Record Pack model adds to this specification with carbon ceramic front brakes and gold Brembo brake calipers. With these upgrades fitted, the Megane R.S. Trophy-R’s spec matches that of the car used by Laurent Hurgon on his record breaking Nurburgring lap.

A mid-range Carbon Wheel Pack model will also be offered, priced at £63,140. The pack adds four 19-inch Carbon Revolution wheels in addition to the standard alloys, saving an extra 2kg per corner. They’re designed for use on the track, and come with tailored storage bags and a mounting cradle behind the front seats for when they’re not in use.

Each model is finished in unique mother-of-pearl paint, which is accented with red graphics for the car’s splitter and flanks. A range of Trophy-R badges also feature, along with a set of lightweight alloy wheels, Alcantara upholstery and a numbered tread plate plaque.

Now read our review of the standard Renaultsport Megane 300 R.S. Trophy. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below…

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