The Renault Mégane Trophy-R is arguably the most hardcore hot hatch you can buy right now. It is actually a track car that you also happen to be allowed on the public road with. But is that okay?
Renault Mégane R.S. Trophy-R
For people who use the Mégane R.S. Trophy is just a little too slow – if there are any – Renault has an even sportier version: The Mégane R.S. Trophy-R. This sportsman has followed an almost unhealthy diet and weighs no less than 130 kg less than the already light Mégane R.S. Trophy.
How do you lose so many pounds? Renault has removed the rear seats and fitted a titanium Akrapovic exhaust. But it doesn’t stop there. The rear windows are extra thin and cannot be lowered, the rear wiper is missing and a lighter load floor has been fitted.
Every gram counts in this car. The multimedia screen is therefore a size smaller and that saves 250 grams: the same as a Big Mac. Don’t first go through the McDrive before you enter the circuit, otherwise they have done that effort for nothing.
The result is impressive, because the Megane Trophy-R currently holds the lap record at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife for front-wheel drive production cars.
You now know what you don’t get in the Trophy-R: a lot of unnecessary weight. What do you get? In place of the rear seat is now a round shaped subframe with four mounting points. It is no coincidence that four wheels fit side by side here.
Very handy if you go to the track and want to take an extra set of slicks or rain tires with you. The optional carbon wheels from Carbon Revolution also fit nicely here. The rear doors are still present, so that the wheels are easily accessible.
In the front you get two lightweight Sabelt bucket seats with Alcantara upholstery that can be adjusted in three heights. You can replace the standard belts with a six-point harness. The sports steering wheel with red twelve o’clock marking from the Mégane R.S. Trophy has remained.
Renault Mégane R.S. Trophy-R acceleration
You stand out in the Trophy-R. Not just because of the sound – more on that later – but because of its looks. The Trophy-R is available in one color: Blanc Nacre. So white. Sounds a bit boring, but don’t worry. There are red accents everywhere on the car, the highlight being the striking red decals on the sides.
The functioning slats and cool black air inlet on the hood also indicate that this is not a normal Mégane. All this is enhanced by bright red 19-inch wheels and a giant carbon rear diffuser.
Fewer adjustments have been made under the hood. The Trophy-R is powered by the same 300 hp 1.8-litre turbo petrol engine that is also in the standard Trophy. Only now he has to pull considerably less weight forward.
0 to 100 km/h takes only 5.4 seconds and the top speed is 262 km/h. In three, it goes 80-120 km/h in just 2.9 seconds. Those are fun numbers!
Renault Mégane R.S. Trophy-R acceleration
But how does this track beast behave on public roads? Well, pretty good actually. But the car does require self-control. Especially the sound of the titanium Akrapovic exhaust is addictive. It hums loudly and low and when the engine slows down, small explosions are created that make an impression on New Year’s Eve. We didn’t accidentally fill up with nitroglycerin, did we?
Fortunately, not all energy is converted into sound waves. There’s more than enough left to get the Trophy-R moving. The Trophy-R pulls away nicely at the traffic light and pulls especially wonderfully long. The engine really wakes up from 3,000 rpm and delivers all 300 horsepower at 6,000 rpm.
Trophy-R Shifting gears
Did we mention that the Trophy-R is only available with a manual transmission? How often do you come across that in a car like this!? The box does feel a bit raw, but you can also work in such a car. We are already happy that it is there. With great pleasure we go through all six gears and sometimes pull a little longer than necessary. That’s how addiction works…
Renault Mégane R.S. Trophy-R handling
Once the Bridgstone Potenza S007 tires have warmed up and are extra sticky, we only notice what a special car this is. You don’t have to slow down when cornering. The Trophy-R seems to have as much grip as a tracked tank. We therefore declare war at every bend and win again and again.
The Trophy-R is mounted on Öhlins dampers. Quality gear, which is also used at the highest level in racing. People with a weak spine should therefore definitely skip the Trophy-R. Not only because the high-speed cornering is too intense for some, but because of the stiff ride. Every bump or dimple is palpable. Fortunately, the Öhlins dampers absorb them with childish ease, so that the car does not care much about them even at high speed.
Of course we have to brake once, but that is also without problems. More powerful Brembo brakes are present on the Trophy-R, which will make your eyes fly when you firmly press the brake pedal.
It is clear to us, on the public road we will in any case not find the limits of this car. The Trophy-R has found ours, because we can already feel the muscle pain in our neck coming. But never before have we longed for more muscle aches and ringing in the ears!
Price Rénault Megan R.S.
The Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R is available from 76,490 euros. Is that a lot? No actually not. For a car that holds an impressive record at the Nürburgring, that’s a great price. In fact, there are a lot of sports cars that are much more expensive, but don’t come close to this record. Are they more practical and comfortable? Yes, no doubt. But more fun? Certainly not!