The Renault Megane RS Trophy is now available to order from Hartwell Renault in Kidlington. It's a 300hp hot hatch with motorsport technology, racy styling and all the creature comforts you could ask for. Car review websites say it's the pick of the Megane RS line-up, and here's why you should want one.
For a start, the 20hp increase over the standard car makes it the most powerful Renault Sport production car ever made. A nice, round 300hp ensures the 0-62mph time is a tenth of a second quicker (now 5.7 seconds) and the top speed is a few miles an hour faster. Find a long enough piece of road and you'll be able to hit 162mph with the manual gearbox. Torque is also up to 400Nm, or 420Nm for the automatic. Despite these headline power figures, the Megane RS Trophy will still manage up to 36.7mpg on a combined cycle.
The Trophy version stands out with its unique 19-inch Jerez alloy wheels, with striking red elements, and Trophy lettering across the front bumper. Both highlight the car's racing pedigree, and show this car means business. The wheels are shod in super-grippy Bridgestone Potenza tyres, although even lighter wheels and stickier tyres will be available as optional extras in 2019.
Most of the upgrades are underneath the bodywork. Trophy models get Renault's stiffer Cup chassis and a Torsen limited slip differential as standard, to corner even faster than the standard Renault Megane RS. When you need to slow down quickly, you'll count on the enormous bi-material brake discs, which are designed for repeated heavy use - like on a racetrack. They're painted red to match the wheels.
Inside, there are new Recaro bucket seats – covered in racy Alcantara – that are mounted 20mm lower than in the standard car. That helps reduce the centre of gravity, and allows you to feel more connected with the car. Don't think the Renault Megane RS Trophy is a stripped-out, lightweight special, however - there's plenty of standard kit. This includes the 7-inch R-Link multimedia system with sat nav (and now racing telemetry data too), dual-zone climate control, cruise control and rear parking sensors.
Prices start at £31,810 for a car with a manual gearbox, or £33,510 for the dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in February 2019.
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