Megane Renaultsport 275 Trophy unveiled, aims for FWD Nurburgring record

Article by Christian A., on May 14, 2014

The Megane RS Facelift was unveiled by Renault back in 2013 at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) but the French company continues its tradition of limited edition Megane Renaultsports and unveiled today the Megane Renaultsport 275 Trophy. For those who don’t know, Renault first unveiled its line of limited edition Megane Renaultsports models back in 2011 when it introduced the 265 Trophy and continued with the Red Bull Racing RB8.

Set to make UK debut at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the new 2015 Megane Renaultsport 275 Trophy has a big mission: to reclaim the title as the fastest front-wheel drive vehicle on the Nurburgring racetrack as it aims to lap the well-known track in under 8 seconds.

Currently, the title is held by Seat’s new Leon Cupra 280, which lapped the Nurburgring in 7 minutes and 58 seconds. The new Megane Renaultsport 275 Trophy is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine that delivers 275 hp at 5,500 rpm and a maximum torque of 360 Nm from 3,000 to 5,500 rpm. Despite these numbers, fuel consumption remains low at 7.5 l/100 km or 37.7 UK mpg.

According to the official press release, the new coupe from Renault also comes with a new titanium exhaust system developed by Akrapovic, which delivers a better ‘roar’ of the engine. In addition, Megane Renaultsport 275 Trophy comes with optional adjustable Ohlins Road & Track dampers with steel springs.

Also as an option are the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres developed especially for this new limited edition front-wheel-drive car. Regarding the design, the Megane Renaultsport 275 Trophy arrives with F1-styled silver blade, while the body sides feature Trophy decals.

At the bottom of the doors there are silver chequered flag graphics. Optional 19-inch black Speedline Turini wheels complete the exterior design. Inside, there are leather and Alcantara Recaro sport seats with red stitching.

Same red stitching is found on the rear bench seat, while the headrests feature Renaultsport badging. Other highlights include the red stitching for the steering wheel wrapped in Alcantara and handbrake gaiter, as well as on the alloy gear knob.

Order books will open on June 3 in France where the tax-paid price will be €38,000.

Renault revealed that the Mégane range will take on the brand’s newest identity, a quality that is present in all new models from Renault. Thus this means all models will come with new grilles and a new bumper. There is also a new boot which has the Renault logo made larger and placed against a glossy black background. This is not limited to the coupé versions but also include the hatchback and estate models.

All Megane models will also have the body sides wrapped with the new daytime running lights. With this, the models are able to have that added boost of vitality. In addition, the whole Mégane affirms its own personality by having similar front ends for the coupé, estate, and hatchback. However the brand made sure that each model will keep its own unique identity.

The hatchback in particular reveals new side mouldings that have been finished in lacquer black and gloss chrome. For the estate, it has been fitted with the roof bars having a chrome look and the side window surrounds in chrome. The Coupé version asserts its appeal by keeping the dynamic style lines. Whereas the Estate retains all of the practicality wrapped in a stylish and flowing skin, the Hatch emphasizes a more contemporary style and elegance.

Being partnered with Bose since 2008, the new Mégane delivers new content for the brand’s new Bose model, which is in fact a new trim level in its very own right. This version is fitted with the Akhrio 17-inch wheels, new upholstery, and the lacquer black bumper trim.

Press Release

Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy

The tradition of exclusive, sporty Renault Sport models continues with Megane RS 275 Trophy, a new limited-edition version of Megane RS.

Following its restyling, the Megane range's sportiest version now benefits from a technical upgrade and a bespoke look. Megane RS 275 Trophy is the latest in a long line of limited-editions of the model which began with the Trophy version in 2011 and continued with the Red Bull Racing RB7 (2012) and Red Bull Racing RB8 (2013) versions.

Technical upgrades for an R.S. thoroughbred with even sharper performance

Widely acclaimed both for its on-road performance and when driven round circuits, the Cup chassis with limited slip differential is a standard feature of Megane RS 275 Trophy.

To allow customers to benefit more fully from the car's dynamic qualities, Renault Sport's engineers have worked extensively on Megane RS's powerplant to extract an extra 10 horsepower. The two-litre petrol engine consequently boasts 275hp, and peak power is reached at 5,500rpm. At the same time, maximum torque (360Nm) is available across a broad rev-band, from 3,000 to 5,000rpm.

Despite this additional power, fuel consumption and emissions have been carefully contained to stand at just 7.5 litres/100km* and 174g of CO2/km respectively.

Renault Sport and Akrapovič, the manufacturer of benchmark exhaust systems for motorcycles and performance cars, have marked their association with the standard fitment of a titanium exhaust system. In addition to benefiting from the lighter weight of titanium, Megane RS 275 Trophy also features a specific, more raucous bark that is sure to appeal to those who appreciate sporty engine notes.

An equipment package with a circuit racing pedigree

Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy kicks off a partnership with the world-renowned damper manufacturer, Öhlins. The limited-edition car can be specified with optional adjustable Öhlins Road & Track dampers with steel springs. This evolution of technology employed in motorsport and on Megane N4 allows drivers to adjust their damper settings easily and unaided.

Also available as an option for Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy for those who enjoy circuit days are Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres. This ultra-high performance solution was developed jointly by Michelin and Renault Sport specifically for this new limited-edition front-wheel drive car.

A limited-edition version that packs exclusive styling, inside and out

The new livery includes Trophy branding on the Platine Grey F1-type front blade, while the personalised body sides feature Trophy decals. Platine Grey has also been selected for the chequered flag graphic at the bottom of the doors.

Meanwhile, numbered door sill guards are further evidence of the limited-edition car's exclusivity.

Like the new signature engine note, the carbon exhaust tail pipe, too, is the work of Akrapovič.

Optional 19-inch black Speedline Turini wheels derived from those used by competition versions of Megane can also be ordered.

Inside, Megane RS 275 Trophy comes with leather and Alcantara Recaro bucket seats with visible red stitching. Red stitching has been carried over to the rear bench seat, while the head rests feature Renault Sport badging.

Other interior highlights include visible red stitching for the Alcantara steering wheel trim and hand brake bellow, as well as a Zamac gear lever knob.

Thanks to its more powerful engine, new, competition-derived technical features and assertive stance, Renault Sport's Megane RS 275 Trophy is a limited-edition car that is sure to appeal to fans of exclusive sporty cars.

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