Renault’s RS badge has achieved a cult status by being able to turn motors to something truly special. The latest to arrive from this hot badge is the Megane RS 265 Trophy. The chassis of the Megane was modified to become the fastest production-specification front-wheel drive car at the Nordschleife circuit of the Nürburgring.
They achieved the unimaginable – the RS 265 Trophy was able to beat the R26.R’s record. Among the remarkable models from the RS badge are the R8 Gordini, Clio Williams, 5 GT Turbo and the R26.R.
The Megane achieved a time of 8 minutes and 8 seconds, which means that it was able to surpass the record of even the rear-wheel drive cars that deliver more power.
It’s being attributed to modifying the suspension setup and the fact that the Trophy has 15 more hp than the regular RS 250. Laurent Hurgon, the development driver of Renault Sport, referred to the Nordschleife as a legendary course.
He said that its length and layout are “very different” from a conventional circuit.
And because of this, it presents a challenge that’s both unique and technically demanding. Those driving it will find that there are numerous difficult areas and they’re very varied in terms of the speeds required and the types of twists involved.
However, the Mégane Renaultsport Trophy feels right at ease in turns such as the ‘Karusell’ and ‘Pflanzgarten’ that demand a lot from the car and from the driver. Hurgon added that it’s “particularly reassuring” that the Mégane Renaultsport Trophy is in its element as it is driven through the “uncompromising nature of the terrain.”
With its armory strengthened, the new 265 Trophy will have the Bridgestone high-performance Potenza RE050A that is clearly inspired by Formula 1. This is the same one fitted on the best sports cars and supercars in the world. Due to the directional and asymmetric tread pattern and with how the tread is formed, it delivers excellent stability, exceptional grip, and even great acoustic comfort, no matter what the condition may be.
Though the inner part of the tread is patterned after the wet-weather tires of F1 cars, the outer part is similar to what are known as racing slicks. All around the car, it is easy to see that the 265 Trophy continues to have the spirit of the award winning design of Mégane Renaultsport. For example, it has the widely-recognized Cup chassis with its grooved brake discs, dampers and anti-roll bar, and stiffer springs.
There are also the Brembo brakes and the limited slip differential. Finally the front suspension set-up has the advanced independent PerfoHub steering axis which removes the torque steer. In order to match the attractive performance, the 265 Trophy has a rather unique appearance. In moments where it is driven in a way that it allows itself to be seen, this Mégane Renaultsport can immediately be recognized through the alloy 19-inch Speedline in gloss black and red rim combined with, as already mentioned, the Potenza RE050A tires.
There is of course the door and the front blade with the F1-style, and the daytime LED running lights, that all have the Trophy red decals. In order to heighten the visual drama, the 265 Trophy also marks the return of the Liquid Yellow i.d. metallic paint, the same one that was used on the Clio Renaultsport 182 and V6 255, and later on the R26 and R26.R.
The only option left for the color is black metallic paint with red highlights on the alloy wheels and the decals. This second option is likely a good choice for those who want to have a hatch that has a stealth-like feel to it in addition to being intimidating.