It was only last year when Renault introduced their all-new hot hatchback – the Megane RS. It was powered by a 1.8-liter turbo engine which produced 280 PS and came with all the properties of a proper hot hatch. Now, a more hardcore, performance oriented version has been revealed dubbed the Megane RS Trophy.
On the outside, it looks similar to the standard Megane RS. That is because Renault has decided to focus on the hot hatchback's underchassis and engine instead. The only tell-tale sign would be the exclusive 19-inch wheels wrapped in high performance Bridgestone S001 tires. In 2019, an optional 19-inch wheel will reduce weight by 2kg per wheel and will be fitted with Bridgestone S007 tires.
Performance wise, the 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder now produces 300 PS, 20 PS more than stock. Torque has also increased from the original 390 Nm in the standard Megane RS, but varies depending on transmission. It is rated at 400 Nm when paired with a 6-speed manual transmission and 420 Nm with a dual-clutch automatic.
Thanks to the power increase, the Trophy goes from 0 to 100 km/h in just 5.7 seconds. Top speed is rated at 260 km/h which is 5 km/h more than the standard Megane RS. That said these figures are from the manual variant. Expect the dual-clutch model to be even faster.
Apart from power increase, the chassis has also been upgraded to improve handling around the corners. The Trophy uses the Cup chassis and is fitted with a stiffer suspension as well as a Torsen limited-slip differential. There are also new, lighter front brake discs which reduce unsprung weight by 1.8kg at each wheel. Renault then brought on Formula 1 driver Nico Hulkenburg to help develop the model. Buyers can spec their vehicles with optional Alcantara covered Recaro seats.
Given the specs of the new Megane RS Trophy, it makes you wonder if it was intended to take on the Honda Civic Type R. On paper, it equally capable going toe-to-toe with Honda's hot hatchback even in the Nurburgring. That said, given the chance of owning the two, which would you rather choose?