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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
When the Nürburgring Nordschleife was built in 1927, the good folks of the ADAC—who were there to promote Socialist Teutonic goodness, eventually—hadn’t expected to carve out a 14-mile merchandising empire among the world’s finest carmakers.
Now Renault has given its hot-hatch Megane RS the full-on Nürburgring treatment, and it promises to be a corker, as the British say—because unlike us, they’ll actually have a chance to pick this Megane up. The Nürburgring edition promises to shave even more weight, like the Megane R26.R, or get more power, like the Megane N4, with an increase over the 247 horsepower in the Megane RS…
Or, it might just come with a serially numbered badge and a few Nürburgring stickers. Either way, fans of fast French hatches have no shortage of choice.
Click the jump to see a video of it in action.
Renault’s Megane 250 is widely considered one of the best hot hatches in the world. Not surprisingly, North Americans are unable to buy it due to our sordid love/hate relationship with French vehicles.
Europeans, on the other hand, are enamored with the Meagane 250, considered one of the Ford Focus RS’ most potent rivals, even though its down 50 horsepower on the Focus. But that doesn’t mean Renault is content to rest on their laurels. The French automaker has a pedigree of fast hatchbacks under its belt, and they intend to keep up with the competition.
A new Megane, ostensibly with more power and a sharper chassis, has been spotted testing on the Nurburgring. It would be hard to fathom that the new car will come with any less than 300 horsepower, to keep up with the Focus RS and the upcoming Vauxhall Astra VXR. The Megane’s limited-slip differential is said to be good for well beyond the current 250 horsepower, meaning driveline durability is likely not an issue.
Reports say that a stripped out, lightweight model in the vein of the hardcore R26R from the previous decade is in the cards, but only at the end of the product cycle. At this point, we’d crawl over broken glass infected with the Ebola virus to drive this car.