In 2017, the Honda Civic Type R was crowned the fastest front-wheel drive production vehicle on the Nurburgring. The Civic Type R managed to set a 7:43.8 lap, beating the previous FWD record holder by over 3 seconds. Since then, numerous automakers have tried to beat the Type R’s record lap time, but Honda’s popular hot hatchback has continued be the king of the ‘Ring…until now.

Renault has just dethroned the Civic Type R with their new Megane RS Trophy-R. The Trophy-R managed to set a 7:40.1 lap around the Nordschleife, beating the Honda by 3.7 seconds. The French automaker has even posted a video of the hot Trophy-R’s lap for everyone’s viewing pleasure.

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Based on the regular Megane RS Trophy, the Megane RS Trophy-R features serious performance upgrades over the standard model. For starters, the Trophy-R now weighs 130 kg less than the standard RS Trophy model. Renault says it also features improved aero and 'a more radical development of its drive axles'. An Akrapovic exhaust, Brembo brakes, Ohlins shock absorbers, and Bridgestone tires were also added in order to help the car perform better around the Green Hell. 

Under the hood, the Trophy-R uses the same 300 PS, 1.8-liter turbo engine found in the RS Trophy and is mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

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For now, details such as performance figures and specific upgrades over the standard RS Trophy are still scarce. In fact, Renault did not even mention how the car lost 130 kg nor what comes with the Trophy-R. The automaker has only mentioned that it will be built in limited numbers.

To those wondering, this isn’t the first time Renault held the FWD record at the Nordschleife. The automaker had previously claimed the record with various versions of the Megane. It just so happens that the most recent records have bounced between Honda and Volkswagen’s Golf GTI. 

Honda Civic Type R is no longer the king of the Nurburgring image

So, the question now is how long do you think Renault be will hold onto the crown before Honda or Volkswagen retaliates with a faster car?