Renault Mégane R.S. Trophy-R turns more extreme

By CARSIFU | 9 July 2019


PARIS: Renault is unleashing a more extreme version of its Mégane R.S. Trophy-R that took the title of the fastest front-wheel-drive production car after lapping the infamous Nurburgring 3.7 seconds faster than the Civic Type R at 7mins 40.1sec. Alons y!

How extreme? For starters, the French carmaker says that it will be 130kg lighter than the standard Megane R.S. Trophy and there will a total of 500 examples to be made with just 30 right-hand drive models headed for the UK.

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Although prices have yet to be announced, ordering taking will begin in August with UK deliveries expected to begin in October.

Additionally, its suspension will be entirely redesigned to be lighter and will be supported by standard Ohlins adjustable dampers to raise the aggressive handling characteristics even further.

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For grip, the front axle will have a little more negative camber and the wheels will be shod with Renault Sport-developed Bridgestone S007 tyres that should have the senses shouting Oh mon dieu!

Under the carbon composite hood with a NACA duct hides a six-speed manual gearbox (because it's lighter than the dual-clutch EDC) that manages the 300PS turbocharged 1.8-litre engine which will let its presence known via a specially made lightweight titanium Akrapovič exhaust system.

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To help it suck itself to the ground, the underbody has been fitted with an improved underbody fairing and carbon rear diffuser and that alone already indicates how much faster it is. Sacré bleu!

Traction around corners is obviously tantamount so there will be a Torsen limited slip differential, but to keep the excess speeds in check, it will be fitted with larger front brakes with four-piston callipers from Brembo.

But if that isn't extreme enough, then the optional carbon-ceramic front brakes and carbon wheels should do the trick, which is why the interior features Sabelt composite front seats with an optional six-point racing harness to hold its driver in place.

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