The publication’s Editor in Chief Rowan Horncastle was a passenger in the car as it led the UK Clio Cup grid around the Silverstone circuit during the championship’s penultimate rounds of 2019 in September.
This was alongside regular Safety Car driver Scott Stringfellow. He has in the past decade driven over 20 types of high performance Safety Cars including Porsches for the British Touring Car Championship and has openly voiced his admiration for the Mégane R.S. – labelling it a ‘mini GT car that you can still take the kids to school in’.
Top Gear’s article on the Trophy Safety Car is scheduled to appear in its magazine late November/early December. However an on-line version on the Top Gear website is anticipated mid-November.
The Trophy is the 300hp version of the New Mégane R.S. range – launched recently were three variants of the limited edition Trophy-R model which has set new two-wheel-drive lap records around the legendary Nürburgring ‘Nordschleife’ and Spa-Francorchamps circuits.
Pricing for these three versions ranges from £51,140 to £72,140.
Elsewhere the 280 Cup – one of two models that started the NEW Mégane R.S. range – has received recognition at the prestigious What Car? Use Car Awards.
The 280 was commended in the ‘Best Hot Hatch’ category.
Featuring a powerful 280hp turbocharged 1.8-litre engine, sophisticated 4CONTROL four-wheel steering and stiffer and lowered Cup chassis upgrade with limited slip differential, the is among the latest additions to Renault’s rich history of hot hatchback models.
The Cup was launched in 2018 alongside the 280 Sport chassis. Both have appeared as Safety Car during the 2019 UK Clio Cup race season.