The best-performing series Renault ever produced, the fastest production series on the Nürburgring and the most expensive model in the history of the brand: the Mégane RS Trophy-R stacks the records. Justified exploits?
From the supercar to the compact sedan, now switching to electric, everyone wants to snap a time on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Meter staniness sportsmanship, the famous north loop has also recently seen the Renault Megane RS Trophy-R to leave the rubber, and truster the first place in its category.
With a gun time of 7’40”100, she dethroned and its biggest rival, the Honda Civic Type R. Teasing, Renault would even consider hunting on the land of the Japanese Suzuka . History to delight him the best time at home!
To reach this record, Renault did not do things in half by attacking the excess weight of a vehicle yet never accused of being overweight. Moreover, the diets “Weight Watchers” or “Like Like” have only to be held, the engineers having applied the maxim of Colin Chapman “light is right” to the extreme by making lose 130 kg (1.306 kg) this very spicy Mégane.
Consider: a hood (- 8 kg) and a posterior carbon diffuser, a new Akrapovic titanium exhaust system (- 6 kg) , bucket seats made of composite material (- 7 kg per seat), a bench seat and rear windows condemned (- 25.3 kg). Summum of detail, a smaller multimedia screen takes place in the middle of the dashboard to claw again a few hundred grams.
The hunt for extra kilos continues in the catalog of options with the very beautiful – but very expensive (about 10 000 €) – carbon rims (- 2 kg per wheel) , the air intakes instead of RS headlamps Vision (- 2 kg), carbon-ceramic brakes reserved for 14 copies in France (around € 10,000) or a lithium battery lighter than 4.5 kg lead.
The last element to lose weight to the car, and probably the most important, is the French popotin. Farewell to the rear steering wheels, up to a specific train shed of 38 kg.
Back player, before you go crazy!
You’re going to tell me, it’s not much! Yet at first braking the difference is obvious as the Mégane RS Trophy-R dandine of the rear train . Surprising during the first laps, this desire to take off quickly becomes fun for the more experienced. Suspicion on the other hand for the less experienced drivers who could be let by these slightly fussy buttocks , especially for those accustomed to very reassuring rear wheels.
All the opposite of the muzzle, literally sucked to the ground and ready to devour any rope . Moreover, a question arises, have we already seen a train before as surgical? Honestly, no ! Basic, the Megane RS is excellent traction, but with its against-camber race car (- 2.05 °), it reaches peaks of efficiency.
Of course, the rest of the chassis has also been optimized to type chrono on circuit. The limited slip mechanical differential moves the torque to the front wheels without loss of traction while the reworked aero and the flat bottom provide better stability at high speed. In short, it’s damn the pavement!
Breathe in breathe out!
However, forget the urban driving because the RS Trophy-R is a real piece of wood. And for good reason, its springs have been stiffened and its specific shock absorbers, adjustable in ride height and compression and relaxation at the front but also at the rear thanks to an optional bumper kit, are truly designed for the track .
Same thing for the exhaust, able to wake up a whole neighborhood with beautiful petarades at the foot . The titanium line sounds more hoarse and metallic, making the breathing of the 1.8 TCe of 300 hp heard while giving the driver a smile.
Same power as the RS Trophy, the 4-cylinder turbo can more express on the R thanks to the weight of the vehicle. The recoveries are energetic (400 Nm of torque), accelerations more frank (0 to 100 km / h in 5.4 s instead of 5.7) and the maximum speed a little more important (262 km / h). However, a small dose of extra motor character would be welcome, especially at high speeds.
For even more fun, and what to satisfy the purists, Mégane RS Trophy R is available with the 6-speed mechanical gearbox. A rather logical choice since the double-clutch is heavier and probably less solid than its manual pendant.
But it limits its torque, and especially it hangs on some passages reports , including the second to third gear. Too bad because its short travel and its free lock make the ideal grip in sports driving.
Drive fast, with peace of mind, because the Mégane RS Trophy-R brakes very hard! Equipped with large brakes base (355 mm discs front and 290 mm rear), it might be thought that it does not necessarily need optional carbon-ceramic. However, after a day whipping, even their price (about € 10,000) is no problem as they will never lose their biting or stamina.