Officially, just 32 cars from a global run of 500 will be imported into the UK by Renault Sport and they come in the following guises (all figures are ‘On The Road’):
R.S. Trophy-R priced £51,140
- R.S. Trophy-R Carbon Wheel Version £63,140
- R.S. Trophy-R Nürburgring Record Pack £72,140
A quick reminder that thanks to numerous bespoke, lightweight parts the Trophy-R alone is 130kg lighter than the standard Trophy…
Furthermore, it has just added another two-wheel-drive production car lap record to the one it regained for Renault Sport at the Nürburgring – this time at the Belgian Formula 1 Grand Prix circuit of Spa-Francorchamps (see separate story).
Powered by a 300PS turbocharged 1.8-litre engine with a six-speed manual gearbox, all versions of the Mégane R.S. Trophy-R feature bespoke performance parts engineered in cooperation with key partners, including Akrapovič for the exhaust system, Brembo for the brakes, Bridgestone for the tyres, Öhlins for the shock absorbers and Sabelt for the lightweight bucket seats.
The Trophy-R is identified by its unique mother-of-pearl paint finish and red highlights as well as carbon composite bonnet, carbon rear diffuser and Fuji Light 19’’ alloy wheels wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza S007 tyres developed specifically for Renault Sport.
Inside is a stripped-out interior that features a pair of composite Sabelt one-piece seats, an Alcantara covered steering wheel and 7-inch R-LINK 2 infotainment complete with R.S. Monitor, which allows in-depth access to performance data and telemetry.
The removal of the rear seats means the addition of a special luggage retention net that’s secured to the strengthening strut between the rear suspension towers.
Under the skin is a totally bespoke suspension system featuring revised geometry and Öhlins adjustable dampers, bi-material front brakes and an Akrapovič titanium exhaust.
But things then start to get even more exciting with two upgraded versions that add to the car’s scintillating performance…
The £63,140 Carbon Wheel pack vehicle adds four Carbon Revolution 19-inch wheels in addition to the standard Fuji Light rims. A world first in this sector, these special rims save an extra 2kg per wheel in unsprung mass.
Secured in tailored storage bags and stored in a special cradle behind the front seats, these wheels have been designed to unlock even greater on track potential.
For the ultimate Mégane R.S. Trophy-R experience, the £72,140 Nürburgring Record Pack version brings the car up to the same specification as that driven by Renault Sport test driver Laurent Hurgon on his record-breaking laps.
In addition to the carbon wheels, customers also get a carbon ceramic front braking system – another first in this class. Featuring larger 390mm discs and gold finished Brembo calipers, this set-up provides unrivalled stopping power.
On top of this, there’s the dynamic air intake, which replaces the R.S. Vision 4 lighting in the lower bumper. Not only does this unit save a further 2kg, it provides both better cooling and breathing for the engine.
All versions of the Mégane R.S. Trophy-R can additionally be specified with several R.S. Performance upgrades, including a lightweight lithium-ion battery that saves 4.5kg, six-point harnesses for the Sabelt seats and an accessory ducting pipe for the dynamic air intake that feeds straight into the engine’s intake system.