Did you know that the Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy-R is just 2 seconds slower than the brand new BMW M4?
That’s right, this hot hatch and successor to the 2011 Renault RS Trophy lapped the Nurburgring in just 7min 54seconds. BMW M recently announced that their BMW M4 lapped it in 7mins 52seconds.
We understand that there are lots of factors that lead to lap times, but you have to give credit to Renault. They have one seriously fast hot hatch.
Check out the lap below:
Megane RS 275 Trophy-R comes as standard with the Cup chassis (complete with limited-slip differential), the 2.0-litre petrol R.S. engine boosted to 275bhp, a titanium Akrapovic exhaust system, one-way adjustable dampers with composite springs and MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres that are specifically-adapted to the car.
Whilst the Megane RS 275 Trophy-R manages without rear seats, in the front can be found Recaro polycarbonate monocoque seats, which yield a weight saving of 42 kilograms. These are fitted with a three-point seat belt, but a six-point harness with aviation-style buckle is available as an accessory. A retention beam and safety nets protect passengers from moving luggage.
For track-day fans eager to gain several vital seconds over the course of a lap, the use of a lithium-ion battery trims the overall weight by another 16 kilograms.
To ensure high-performance braking whilst at the same time contributing to the weight-shedding effort, Megane RS 275 Trophy-R benefits from a special braking kit. Its 350/28-diameter steel and aluminium discs bring the car’s weight down by a further three kilograms.
Ideally adapted to intensive circuit use, these Renault Sport-etched brakes endow the vehicle with a sharper bite.