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Renault deserves all the credit in the world with its stunning 8:07.97 lap time on the Nurburgring, giving it the FWD record and besting some seriously impressive machines such as Audi’s RS4 and BMW’s E46 M3. So it’s without a doubt that we have to share a video of the record setting run from the cockpit.
Watching driver Laurent Hurgon meticulously pilot the sports car through Nurburgring’s rigorous track while pushing the limits on the Megane RS 265 Trophy’s tires is really a treat. It’s a shame North America will never be able to get behind the wheels of one of these machines anytime soon, much like Ford’s Focus RS.
Check out the video after the jump:
Renault has upped the bar in the European sport compact market with a special edition Megane RS, sporting 261-hp and 265 ft-lbs of torque. In addition to the slight performance increase, the Megane RS Trophy features several aesthetic changes including 19-inch wheels and special decals.
One of the Megane RS Trophy’s selling points is the fact that it still maintains an impressive 34.4-mpg (European cycle) despite having 261-hp. The turbocharged 2.0L receives a boost upgrade from the standard Megane RS along with a different air intake design.
On the outside, the special edition Trophy sports a black roof, special decals, a new rear spoiler and gloss black 19-inch wheels. The RS Trophy will be available in a variety of colors including Sirius Yellow, Glacier White, Etoile Black and Cassiopee Grey. The RS Trophy will make its official debut on June 17th at the Renault Sport Day at the Nurburgring in Germany and will be available for order shortly after on June 20th. It’ll sport a starting price that roughly translates to $51,000.
GALLERY: Renault Megane RS Trophy
Possibility that sporty Renault models could be sold through Saturn dealer network
The sale of Saturn to Nissan-Renault could see cars like this Mégane Renault Sport roaming U.S. streets.
The rumor mill keeps churning out new and exciting candidates interested in buying GM’s Saturn brand. The most recent speculation is that Nissan/Renault might be interested.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting the Nissan-Renault interest in Saturn, while Bloomberg says that company may team up with the Penske Automotive Group (rumored yesterday to be an interested party) to take over the brand.
With Nissan struggling worldwide the thought of such a buy seems unlikely and yet it may pave the way for Renault to bring its lineup of fuel-efficient compact cars to North America. Currently the Saturn brand has 400 dealerships in the United States and Canada that could be used to distribute Renault products like the Clio and Megane… or even performance versions like the 250hp 2.0-liter turbocharged Mégane R.S. (shown above).
While French vehicle might not normally be attractive to North American consumers, the Renault brand has a strong awareness with younger consumers due to the Gran Turismo video game series.
Under the latest General Motors viability plan, Saturn is scheduled to be sold by the end of the year.Currently GM says that is has several offers, the most recently publicized ones being from Penske Automotive Group and Telesto Ventures, which would transform the Saturn dealership network into a retail chain selling several brands of foreign-made cars.