2011 Renault Megane RS 265 Trophy: official details, photos, specs and price

Article by Christian A., on June 17, 2011

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.

Press Release


Mégane Renaultsport 265 Trophy – fastest ever roadgoing Renault revealed ahead of world debut at World Series by Renault, Nurburgring next weekend
15hp more than current Mégane Renaultsport 250, plus 20Nm extra torque at 360Nm. Power-to-weight ratio of 191hp per tonne
Improved performance statistics of 0-62mph in 6 seconds exactly (instead of 6.1), and top speed 158 mph (up from 156)
High-performance Formula 1-inspired Bridgestone Potenza RE050A tyres for greater traction in both dry and wet conditions
Exclusivity guaranteed through limited production run of only 500 examples worldwide, 50 of which destined for UK
High level of core equipment: Cup chassis, Recaro seats with yellow seatbelts and detailing, 19" Speedline alloys in gloss black with red rim, standard Liquid Yellow i.d. metallic paint, 'Trophy' red decals on F1-style front blade and doors, LED daytime running lights, Renaultsport Monitor on-board performance tracking, UK numbered plaque
Single option: £415 gloss Renault i.d. Diamond Black roof
Free access to all Renaultsport trackdays in UK in 2012, worth circa £650
Priced in UK at £27,820 OTR
Orders open 20th June, first deliveries end July

Ahead of its world debut next weekend at the World Series by Renault, Nurburgring meeting in Germany, the French marque has unveiled its fastest ever road car, the Mégane Renaultsport 265 Trophy.

Priced in the UK at £27,820 on-the-road, the new Mégane Renaultsport flagship arrives ready to take the fight to its VW Group rivals, including the Golf and Scirocco R stablemates, with a 15hp hike on the current Mégane Renaultsport, plus an extra 20Nm torque.

Naturally, as a result of its greater power compared to the standard 250hp versions, it boasts improved performance statistics. The newcomer dispatches 0-62mph in six seconds exactly (instead of 6.1), with a top speed of 158 mph, up by an extra 2mph. In everyday driving, its 360Nm is usefully available across a broad rev band between 3,000 and 5,000rpm. Its impressive power-to-weight ratio is 191hp per tonne.

To achieve these gains, Renaultsport's wizardry has seen the engine's maximum turbo pressure uprated to 2.5 bar, up by 0.2, together with the air intake being revised to take account of the higher pressure and running temperatures.

In the UK, the latest addition comes based on the Cup chassis version, but also adds, unsurprisingly, even more core equipment, including Recaro seats with yellow seatbelts and detailing, Renaultsport Monitor on-board performance tracking and a UK numbered plaque. In keeping with its focused nature, there is just a single option, a gloss Renault i.d. Diamond Black roof at £415.

As part of its attractive price, new owners of the 265 Trophy also gain free access to the full 2012 Renaultsport UK trackday calendar, worth around £650, giving them the opportunity to revel in the track-bred qualities of the ultimate roadgoing Mégane Renaultsport around some of the country's finest circuits, including Brands Hatch and Silverstone.

In keeping with its enticing performance, the 265 Trophy boasts distinctive looks. In the rare moments when it is being driven sedately enough to be glimpsed, the top-of-the-range Mégane Renaultsport will be instantly recognisable through its striking combination of gloss black 19" Speedline alloys with red rim, high-performance Bridgestone Potenza RE050A tyres, 'Trophy' red decals on the F1-style front blade and doors, and LED daytime running lights. Adding to its sense of visual drama, the 265 Trophy welcomes the return of Liquid Yellow i.d. metallic paint, reborn from its original use on the Clio Renaultsport 182 and V6 255, and latterly on the R26 and R26.R. Black metallic paint is the only other colour available, which, set off by red highlights on the car's decals and alloy wheels, is likely to be sought after by for those seeking one of the most menacing, stealth-like hot hatches around.

In its reinforced armoury, the newcomer also features new Formula 1-inspired high-performance Bridgestone Potenza RE050A as seen on a plethora of the world's finest sports cars and supercars. Their asymmetric, directional tread pattern and the form of its tread blocks provide outstanding grip, stability and acoustic comfort, regardless of conditions. Indeed, the outer part of the tread is similar to racing 'slicks', while the inner section is modeled on F1 wet-weather tyres.

Elsewhere, the new 265 Trophy retains the essence of the Mégane Renaultsport's award-winning recipe, including the critically acclaimed Cup chassis (stiffer springs, dampers and anti-roll bar and grooved brake discs), mechanical limited slip differential, Brembo brakes, as well as the innovative PerfoHub independent steering axis front suspension set-up, which virtually eliminates torque steer.

The new Mégane Renaultsport 265 Trophy is available to order from 20th June, priced £27,820 on-the-road, with first deliveries in late July 2011. In addition to aggressive pricing, exclusivity is assured for the flagship Mégane, through a limited production run of only 500 examples worldwide, 50 of which are destined for the UK.

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