Renault has finally fully revealed the range-topping Megane RS Trophy
Power in the RS Trophy comes from a 1.8-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol making 300hp (224kW) and 420Nm, put to the front wheels through a six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch automatic.
All Trophy-spec cars come with the ‘Cup Package’ as standard, which brings a mechanical limited-slip differential, bi-material brakes, 25 per cent stiffer shock absorbers and 30 per cent stiffer sprinter, along with anti-roll bars that have been beefed up by 10 per cent.
As with the base car, you get rear-wheel steering for a shorter-feeling wheelbase at low speeds and a greater sense of stability as the speedo needle rises. All the interior systems, from dual-zone climate control to keyless entry, carry over as well.
Trophy gets unique 19-inch ‘Jerez’ alloy wheels wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza S001 tyres as standard. The wheels were supposedly inspired by the Renault Sport RS01 concept, and feature red pin-striping for a touch of extra visual ‘pop’.
A set of lighter 19-inch alloys wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza S007 tyres will also be offered, with Renault claiming the 2.0kg per-corner weight saving and stickier rubber deliver more grip and a sharper front-end.
Beyond the unique wheels, the Trophy gains unique stripes on the ‘blade-style’ front diffuser to set it apart from the ‘regular’ car. Visual differences have otherwise been kept to a minimum.
The changes are more pronounced inside, where a new iteration of the Recaro buckets from the previous RS are available as a replacement for the standard seats. They’re trimmed in Alcantara, naturally, and sit the driver 20mm lower than the standard units for a sportier feeling.
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