Renault shows that you don’t need a crazy body kit to be the fastest FWD around the Nürburgring

Renault has just presented the Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R, not to be confused with the regular Trophy version. The “R” is only available in limited units and for the price you pay, it also comes with the title of the fastest front-wheel-drive production car on the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

The Megane R.S. Trophy-R unseated the Honda Civic Type R (FK8) as the record holder with a lap time of 7 minutes 40.1 seconds, beating the Civic by 3.7 seconds. Renault also stayed classy by not slapping on an extravagant bodywork onto the Trophy-R.

Powered by the same 1.8-litre turbocharged four-cylinder, the Megane R.S. Trophy-R packs the same 300 hp and 400 Nm of torque with an honest 6-speed manual gearbox sending drive to the front wheels. Key performance figures were not revealed for the new FWD King of the Ring just yet.

Renault Sport focused on three aspects on the car: maximum weight reduction (up to 130 kg compared to the Trophy variant, excluding options), reworked aerodynamics and more radical development of its drive axles.

Other crucial development partners that they’ve named include Akrapovič for the exhaust system, Brembo for the brakes, Bridgestone for the tyres, Öhlins for the shock absorbers and Sabelt for the bucket seats.

The Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R will make its market debut by the end of 2019 and will be exclusive to “a few hundred units” according to the company. Closer to home, you can buy a standard Megane R.S. with the Cup chassis and opt for an automatic or manual transmission.


Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R


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