As promised final yr when the common Megane RS made its debut, Renault is introducing the even hotter Trophy by-product packing an assortment of upgrades. For starters, the turbocharged four-cylinder 1.Eight-liter engine has been massaged to ship extra energy, now at 296 hp as a substitute of 276 hp. Torque can also be up from 390 Newton-meters (288 pound-feet) to 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) with the guide gearbox, however go for the optionally available dual-clutch automated and most torque rises to 420 Nm (310 lb-ft).
There’s truly extra to the Trophy model than its upgraded engine as Renault will probably be promoting it as normal with the Cup chassis bringing a stiffer suspension setup and a Torsen mechanical limited-slip differential. The French scorching hatch will trip on unique 19-inch alloy wheels shod in Bridgestone Potenza S001 tires and from 2019 it can achieve an optionally available 19-inch slicing weight by 2 kilograms (four.four kilos) per wheel and wrapped in tailored Bridgestone Potenza S007 rubbers not associated in any technique to James Bond.
Since we’re with reference to wheels, behind them are newly developed bi-material entrance brake discs slicing unsprung mass by 1.Eight kg (four lbs) per every wheel and paired with pink Brembo calipers. For the reason that automotive has the Cup chassis, it means the shock absorbers are 25 p.c firmer and the springs are 30 p.c tighter in comparison with a Megane RS fitted with the Sport chassis. As well as, the anti-roll bars are 10 p.c stiffer.
Just like the lesser Megane RS, the Trophy model boasts four-wheel steering with the rear wheels handing over the other way to the entrance wheels at low speeds and in the identical course at excessive speeds. At a further price, clients can add Recaro seats that includes an up to date design than these of the previous-generation mannequin. Wrapped in Alcantara, these seats decrease the seating place by 20 millimeters (zero.Eight inches) for a extra intense driving expertise and are extra adjustable in top in comparison with those put in within the Megane III RS.
When it comes to efficiency, Renault has printed the technical information sheet just for the six-speed guide mannequin. It wants 5.7 seconds (zero.1s lower than the usual Megane RS) till 62 mph (100 kph) and tops out at 162 mph (260 kph) or a bit greater than the 158-mph (255-kph) common mannequin. In third gear, the 1,419-kilogram (three,128-pound) scorching hatch goes from 80 to 120 kph (50 to 75 mph) in three.1 seconds. With extra energy and a extra superior EDC ‘field, the dual-clutch Megane RS Trophy ought to show to be even faster.
Developed by Renault Sport with enter from Nico Hülkenberg, the brand new Megane RS Trophy will probably be accessible in Europe later this yr. We’re already listening to rumors of a hardcore two-seater Trophy-R to go after the Honda Civic Sort R’s file for the quickest front-wheel-drive automotive on the Nurburgring established final yr with a time of 7 minutes and 43.Eight seconds.
New Renault MÉGANE R.S. TROPHY: harnessing ever extra know-how to spice up sports activities efficiency
Sports activities automotive lovers can look ahead to even larger efficiency and a sportier design, as New Renault MÉGANE R.S. TROPHY boosts the Renault Sport line-up by extending the household of Trophy variations deployed because the first era of Mégane R.S.
New MÉGANE R.S. TROPHY comes with a brand-new model of the 1.Eight-litre turbo engine, delivering elevated energy output of 300hp and torque of 420Nm1, largely because of using pioneering applied sciences, particularly for the turbocharger and exhaust system. This engine might be mixed with a guide or EDC dual-clutch gearbox.
That includes Renault Sport’s newest improvements in chassis and suspension methods, together with the 4CONTROL four-wheel steering system and 4 hydraulic bump cease shock absorbers, New MÉGANE R.S. TROPHY additionally comes as normal with the Cup chassis, which boasts stiffer suspension and a Torsen® mechanical restricted slip differential. This model is equally enhanced by bi-material entrance brake discs, particular 19-inch wheels and really excessive efficiency Bridgestone tyres, which might be paired with new, unique lighter wheels.
And for the very best feeling within the automotive, New MÉGANE R.S. TROPHY might be fitted with a brand new era of Recaro entrance seats, lined with Alcantara® upholstery.
Assembly the wants of fans searching for exclusivity, the TROPHY model stays eminently suited to on a regular basis use, providing all of the options of Mégane R.S., significantly:
- The flexibility to pick completely different driving modes utilizing the Multi-Sense system
- The distinctive performances of the lighting system, R.S. Imaginative and prescient
- The telemetry and information acquisition system, R.S. Monitor
“I’ve been concerned within the Mégane R.S. growth course of since final yr and I am very happy to see an excellent sportier model added to the household! Every of the brand new options on New Renault MÉGANE R.S. TROPHY provides larger sports activities efficiency and really feel. It is clearly constructive to have extra energy and higher grip by way of the tyres and to profit from improved braking endurance. I additionally loved the sensation provided by the brand new seats: the assist they supply for sports activities driving is superb.” Nico Hülkenberg, Renault Sport Formulation One Workforce driver and Renault Sport ambassador
MÉGANE R.S. TROPHY: WHAT A STORY!
The first Mégane R.S. Trophy appeared in 2005, simply 9 months after the primary Mégane II R.S. went on sale. The modifications had been targeted on the chassis, referred to as Sport2. Lighter wheels, stiffer springs, particular shock absorber stops and ESP that may very well be inhibited all helped to enhance performances.
After the manufacturing model went on sale in 2009, a Trophy model of Mégane III R.S. was launched in 2011. Based mostly on the Cup chassis, it was fitted with an upgraded engine, with the ability output upped from 250 to 265hp. Its performances made it the quickest front-wheel drive manufacturing mannequin in the marketplace, as confirmed by the lap file of Eight:07.97 set by Laurent Hurgon on the Nordschleife on the Nürburgring. It was additionally a business success, with gross sales ending up twice the extent that had been forecast!
Adopting the model cues of Mégane Assortment 2014, the ultimate iteration primarily based on Mégane III went even additional within the quest for efficiency. As its title suggests, the 275 Trophy boasted an upgraded engine, with extra energy. This Trophy additionally featured an Akrapovič titanium exhaust system, decreased weight and Öhlins shock absorbers as an possibility.
1With EDC gearbox