Renault Megane Sets New FWD Nurburgring Record

Luke Vandezande
by Luke Vandezande

Renault announced today that it set a new record lapping the Nurburgring in a front-wheel drive car.

Completing the circuit in 7:54:36, the front-wheel drive Megane R.S. 275 Trophy-R bested the SEAT Leon Cupra 280. A track-focused lightweight version of the RS 275, the Trophy-R is 220 lbs lighter than a normal RS 275 thanks in part to polycarbonate front seats and an optional lithium-ion battery.

The same 275-hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine powers this version as the normal RS 275 through a six-speed manual transmission and a limited-slip differential. Enhanced brakes that save weight and improve stopping ability are part of the package and certainly didn’t hurt the lap time. Neither did the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.

Production of the car will be limited to 250 and it will go on sale in Europe soon. But Renault’s glory might be short-lived. Honda is currently developing its new Civic Type-R that it previously promised to be the record-holder when it reaches production. That car uses the company’s new turbocharged 2.0-liter “Earth Dreams” engine that made roughly 280 hp in the concept car preview shown first during this year’s Geneva Motor Show.

Luke Vandezande
Luke Vandezande

Luke is an energetic automotive journalist who spends his time covering industry news and crawling the internet for the latest breaking story. When he isn't in the office, Luke can be found obsessively browsing used car listings, drinking scotch at his favorite bar and dreaming of what to drive next, though the list grows a lot faster than his bank account. He's always on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="http://twitter.com/lukevandezande">Twitter</A> looking for a good car conversation. Find Luke on <A title="@lukevandezande on Twitter" href="http://twitter.com/lukevandezande">Twitter</A> and <A title="Luke on Google+" href="http://plus.google.com/112531385961538774338?rel=author">Google+</A>.

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