Having established records with the Mégane R26.R in 2008 and the Mégane R.S. Trophy in 2011, the engineers at Renault Sport were not content to rest upon their laurels. With a lap time of 7m54.36s, the Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R engraved its name and performance potential in the Nürburgring’s history books right from its very first official outing.
This 14-seconds improvement on the previous record set by Mégane R.S. Trophy in 2011 was achieved thanks to the commitment of the teams at Renault Sport Technologies and their partners. Hundreds of hours of prior testing were conducted in France, Spain and Germany to optimise the development of this limited-edition model that boasts exceptional on-road dynamics.
The Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R comes as standard with the Cup chassis (complete with limited-slip differential), the 2.0-litre petrol R.S. engine boosted to 275bhp, a titanium Akrapovic exhaust system, ‘Öhlins RoadTrack’ one-way adjustable dampers with composite springs and MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres that are specifically-adapted to the car.
Whilst the Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R goes without rear seats, in the front Recaro Pôle Position polycarbonate monocoque seats can be found. To ensure high-performance braking whilst at the same time contributing to the weight-shedding effort, the Trophy-R benefits from a special braking kit adapted to intensive circuit use.
For now, anyway, until Seat takes another stab at it, or another rival (like Ford, Honda or Opel) get in on the action.