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The new Megane R.S. Trophy-R completes the range as a more extreme option, set to attract customers looking for pure performance with no compromises.

09 Jul 2019 | International News : France


Over the last 15 years, the Megane-based Renault Sport versions have set the hot hatch standard for ultimate performance and driving thrills. In that time the most radical versions of the Megane R.S. have successively beaten the front-wheel drive production car lap record for the hugely challenging Nurburgring, a circuit that is recognised around the world as the ultimate proving ground for a car's performance.

Redesigned intakes on the bonnet optimise engine cooling for hard driving
The New Renault Megane Trophy-R is no exception, setting a record of 7 minutes and 40.1 seconds around the tortuous track. The engineers at Renault Sport have concentrated on three distinct performance pillars: weight reduction, the maximisation of aerodynamic efficiency and more radical suspension systems.

The new Megane Trophy-R will be powered by a 1.8-litre direct injection turbo four-cylinder unit that develops 296bhp at 6,000 rpm and delivers a muscular of 400 Nm of torque. In order to generate that power output, the turbocharger makes use of technology originating directly from Formula One, with ceramic ball bearing coatings both reducing turbo response time and easily coping with the heat and stresses of spinning at high speeds of up to 200,000rpm.

New fairings under the front bumper and under the floor smooth air flow to optimise supply to the rear diffuser
A host of special components also make their way into this special version to bring an impressive total weight reduction of 130kg, including a carbon composite bonnet and rear diffuser, while special optional Fuji Light 19-inch alloys or Carbon Revolution carbon wheels slice a further 2kg per wheel.

A new bespoke lighter rear axle, together with the decision not to utilise Renault's 4CONTROL rear-wheel steering brings a significant 32kg saving over the standard Trophy. An optional lithium Dual Energy Storage System battery offers a further 4.5kg in weight saving. Only a six-speed manual will be offered for the Trophy R in order to save the added weight from a dual-clutch system.

The Trophy-R has been made more aerodynamically efficient thanks to a new bonnet with redesigned intakes, which combines with a similar vent under the engine to improve the air flow by 7% and optimise cooling of the engine compartment during extreme hard driving. When at a standstill the new lateral louvres set into the bonnet work in combination with the redesigned duct to provide a natural escape for engine heat build-up.

Only a six-speed manual will be offered for the Trophy R in order to save the added weight from a dual-clutch system.
The bottom blade under the front bumper has been also been redesigned to provide better aerodynamic balance between the front and rear, while the new fairings under the front bumper and under the floor smooth air flow to optimise supply to the rear diffuser.

Suspension upgrades that make their way into the Trophy-R include a completely revised front suspension geometry, Ohlins dual-flow dampers, and a rear strut brace in place of the rear seats that improves the torsional rigidity of the bodyshell.

Power is also kept on the road through a limited-slip differential that improves traction both in a straight line and out of corners, allowing drivers to use more of the engine's power for a faster exit speed.

355mm front brake discs come as standard for the Trophy-R, combined with new Brembo four piston callipers that feature larger 42mm pistons (2mm larger than the R.S), but for those seeking greater stopping power there is the optional carbon ceramic brake upgrade, which will fit even larger 390mm diameter carbon ceramic discs to virtually take up all the available space behind the 19-inch wheels. These will be easily recognisable from their gold finished Brembo four piston callipers embossed with the Renault Sport logo.
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