When it comes to hot hatches, the Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R Nurburgring Record Pack is as outrageous as they come! With a fully equipped price tag of £72,000, only 30 of these full spec cars will ever exist, taking weight savings to new extremes for a car of this class. After running through just how far the Renault Sport team have taken it, it's time to drive!
In total, Renault are making 500 units of the Trophy-R version of the Megane R.S., of which 32 are UK cars, only 2 of which come from the 30 available in full Nurburgring Record Pack spec. This includes as standard the carbon fibre wheels (in addition to the standard set), carbon ceramics brakes, and swaps out the DRLs to add additional cold air inlets. This is of course in addition to an interior that no longer has rear seats, having been replaced with a storage rack for the spare set, Sabelt buckets and belts, a smaller display so it's lighter than the upgrade size and more. The exterior comprises a carbon fibre bonnet and diffuser with an Akrapovic exhaust to provide the sound, and then the driving dynamics are honed in with adjustable Ohlins dampers.
This car was clearly made for one purpose, to go to the Nurburgring Nordschleife and set a lap record, which it did with a time of 7 minutes 40.1 seconds, the fastest full lap for a front wheel drive car, in this case the 300hp and 400Nm 1.8l turbo 4-cyl Trophy-R equipped with the full pack for the purpose.
With only two such cars in the UK, one in the hands of Renault UK themselves and the other a single customer, it's clearly something quite special to experience, and that becomes apparent instantly when behind the wheel. Let's take a full look through the car, at all the extremes the team at Renault Sport went to in order to shave 130kgs of weight, before a first drive to experience it and a compulsory sound check to enjoy the noise.
Thanks for watching, Tim