New 2019 Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R spied testing

The new Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R has a score to settle, aiming to break the front-wheel-drive lap record at the Nurburgring

What looks like the next Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R has been spied testing at the Nurburgring. This stripped-out version of the Megane R.S. 300 Trophy will likely aim to retake Renault’s place as holder of the front-wheel-drive Nurburgring lap record; a record which it hasn’t held since June 2014 with the previous-generation Megane 275 Trophy-R.

This mule seems to follow the same formula as the 275 Trophy-R, with larger front brakes, lighter Carbon Revolution alloy wheels and slightly tweaked panelling. The rear seats have also been binned in the interest of weight loss, too.

Best hot hatchbacks to buy

We expect it to be powered by a reworked version of the R.S. 300 Trophy’s 1.8-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, potentially improving on its 296bhp and 400Nm of torque. A manual gearbox option should be retained, too, following the critical backlash Renault received for the automatic-only Clio R.S. 220 Trophy.

Inside, we can just about identify a pair of carbon-fibre backed racing seats. Eventually, we expect to also find a pair of racing harnesses, a harness bar, a luggage net, an Alcantara steering wheel and aluminium pedals.

Other, less noticeable, additions will include adjustable dampers, a range of chassis bracing, composite springs, stripped-out sound deadening, a freer-flowing exhaust system and grippy tyres.

Like the old Megane 275 Trophy-R, we’re anticipating the R.S. 300 Trophy-R will be sold in limited numbers, and will likely break cover towards the end of 2019.

Now read our review of the standard Renaultsport Megane 300 R.S. Trophy and let us know your thoughts in the comments section below…

Recommended

Best hot hatchbacks 2020/2021
Hot hatches

Best hot hatchbacks 2020/2021

The best hot hatches offer giant-killing performance and a gripping drive, all wrapped in a user-friendly package
13 Nov 2020
MINI JCW GP vs Renault Megane R.S.
Car group tests

MINI JCW GP vs Renault Megane R.S.

More power and a higher price tag places the MINI JCW GP into the firing line of the Renault Megane R.S. Trophy
5 Sep 2020
Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 vs Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R
Porsche Cayman

Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 vs Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R

Hardcore Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 and Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R lock horns in track showdown
28 Mar 2020
Renault Megane RS 300 Trophy: long-term test review
Renault Megane RS Trophy long-term review - group main
Renault Megane Renaultsport

Renault Megane RS 300 Trophy: long-term test review

Final report: we say farewell to our Renault Megane RS 300 Trophy hot hatch with a family photocall
22 Jan 2020

Most Popular

New Audi A6 50 TFSI e 2020 review
Audi A6

New Audi A6 50 TFSI e 2020 review

The new Audi A6 50 TFSI e brings plug-in hybrid power to the A6 range for the first time
10 Nov 2020
New 2021 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class luxury limo unveiled
Mercedes S-Class

New 2021 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class luxury limo unveiled

The new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class has made its official debut, with lashings of technology and even more imposing styling
19 Nov 2020
How to transfer a number plate from one car to another
MINI number plate change
Tips & advice

How to transfer a number plate from one car to another

Need to know how to transfer a number plate between vehicles? Our step-by-step guide breaks it down
22 Nov 2020