Orders are being taken across the Renault network for Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R, the latest limited edition Renault Sport hot hatch.
•Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R holds the new record for a front-wheel drive car around Germany’s Nürburgring (7m54.36s).
•The limited edition car (global production run of 250) is available for sale in only 15 countries.
•50 examples will come to Australia – the second highest order globally
•In Australia, the Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R will have a Recommended Retail Price of $61,990 including the Nürburgring Accessory Kit, making it the most affordable way to own a Nürburgring record-setting car in Australia
Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R is a two-seat hot hatch based on the recently-launched Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy.This exclusive new Renault Sport limited-edition benefits from ultra-sporty features inspired by the brand’s racing activities.
A radical limited-edition car, ideal for circuit use
Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R comes as standard with the Cup chassis (complete with mechanical limited-slip differential), the 2.0-litre petrol R.S. engine boosted to 275bhp, a titanium Akrapovic exhaust system, ‘Öhlins Road&Track’ one-way adjustable dampers with composite springs and MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres that are specifically-adapted to the car.
A Nürburgring Accessory Kit including a lithium-ion battery, steel/aluminium brake discs and six-point harness belts with aviation-style buckles is available in Australia and contributes to Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R’s lighter weight.
Whilst Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R manages without rear seats, in the front can be found Recaro Pôle Position polycarbonate monocoque seats finished in alcantara, which yield a weight saving of 42 kilograms. These are fitted with a three-point seat belt, but the six-point harness with aviation-style buckle comes in the Nürburgring Accessory Kit. A rear strut brace and safety nets protect passengers from moving luggage.
For track-day fans eager to gain several vital seconds over the course of a lap, the use of a lithium-ion battery trims the overall weight by another 15 kilograms.
To ensure high-performance braking whilst at the same time contributing to the weight-shedding effort, Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R benefits from a special braking kit. Its 350/28-diameter steel and aluminium discs bring the car’s weight down by a further three kilograms. Ideally adapted to intensive circuit use, these Renault Sport-etched brakes endow the vehicle with a sharper bite.
An ultra-sporty stance
On the outside, Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R is available with new two-tone colour scheme, with Diamond Black roof mated with a Pearl White finish. The Trophy-R branded F1-type front blade, chequered flag graphic at the bottom of the front doors and graphics on the side of the car are all picked out in Red. Finished off with 19-inch red Speedline Turini wheel rims, this is a vehicle that sets itself apart as much on the circuit as on the open road.
The exclusivity of Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R similarly stands out in details like its Alcantara-trimmed steering wheel and handbrake bellows, leather gearshift knob and red seatbelts which match the visible stitching of the seats and steering wheel.
7m54.36s: A new record eloquent of Renault Sport’s expertise
Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R benefits from the experience acquired by Renault’s engine and chassis engineers in motorsport – from rallying to Formula 1.
This 14-second improvement on the previous record set by Mégane R.S. Trophy 8:08 in 2011 was achieved thanks to the commitment of the teams at Renault Sport Technologies and their partners.
Hundreds of hours of prior testing were conducted in France, Spain and Germany to optimise the development of this limited-edition model that boasts exceptional on-road dynamics.
The new lap record established by Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R underscores once again the knowhow and expertise of the specialists at Renault Sport Technologies when it comes to designing outstanding affordable sporting cars.
•Akrapovic titanium exhaust system
•Monocoque Recaro alcantara seats
•MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres
•Öhlins Road&Track dampers
•19-inch red Speedline Turini wheels
•Nürburgring Record Kit
◦Lithium-ion Battery Kit
◦Six-point harness belts (x2)
◦Wheel covers (x4) and lashing straps (x2)
The recommended retail price for Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R will be $61,990 drive away and includes the Nürburgring Accessory Kit valued in excess of $5000.
Commenting on the launch of the Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R, Justin Hocevar, Managing Director of Renault Australia, said: “It is a very rare occurrence for an automotive manufacturer to release a limited edition like the Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R with such a strong focus and purpose.
“It is an exciting opportunity for us to introduce this exclusive limited edition in Australia and it is a fantastic demonstration of the support for Renault Sport in Australia that we’ve been able to secure 50 vehicles out of the 250 vehicle globally.
“Renault Australia is the second highest selling country in the world for Renault Sport in 2014 and I’m confident that all 50 vehicles will be sold very quickly. We’ve already seen several customers place deposits for the Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R without having seen the vehicle and with the exceptionally competitive pricing we’ve been able to achieve, I’m certain that the Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R is destined to be a future classic,” said Hocevar.
The Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R deliveries will commence in January, 2015.