The new limited edition Renault MEGANE R.S. TROPHY-R, the most high performance production car Renault has ever put on the market, and due to arrive in Australia in early 2020 will be available for Australian purchase (secured by deposit) through a brand new online purchasing platform on 8 July, 2019.
With global numbers extremely limited Australia has secured only 20 Megane R.S. Trophy-R, as well as one Megane R.S. Trophy-R Record version – which will go on sale at a later date via a public auction. Australia will also receive 100 of the limited edition Megane R.S. Trophy’s.
The ultimate track car, the Megane R.S. Trophy-R will come exclusively with the 6-speed Manual gearbox and in one colour – pearl white with red headlights.
Driven by the very limited volume for the super-hot hatch, the online sales portal is the first of its kind for the French manufacturer in Australia and will open with an exclusive pre-sale for registered customers at 9am before going on sale to the general public at 12pm.
To register your interest in the pre-sale please click here.
The Megane R.S. Trophy-R is rooted in Renault’s immense history in motorsport, and perpetuates the legend of the record-breaking Megane R.S., once more bringing to the roads the technologies and know-how Renault Sport has developed on the racetrack. For this car, Renault Sport engineers have pushed their expertise further than ever before. The outcome was validated by a new FWD record on the Nürburgring in the Megane R.S. Trophy-R Record breaking car.
“The strong customer interest in the Megane R.S. Trophy-R is testament to the place this Renault Sport prepared vehicle has within the Renault family and in the hearts of car enthusiasts across Australia,” Anouk Poelmann, Managing Director Renault Australia said.
“It is important that every Australian, regardless of their location, is given the opportunity to be part of the exclusive Megane R.S. Trophy-R club and it is for this reason we have made the decision to bring the car to market in this new and exciting way for Renault Australia.”
The Megane R.S. Trophy (due late 2019) and Megane R.S. Trophy-R (due early 2020) will complete the Megane Renault Sport family in Australia which currently includes: Megane GT, Megane GT Line, Megane R.S. Sport and Megane R.S. Cup Chassis
The new MEGANE R.S. TROPHY-R has the same exceptionally efficient 1.8 L 300 bhp engine as the Trophy version (167 bhp/l). So the Renault Sport wizards did not focus on power to enhance performance, they looked elsewhere in three main spheres of development:
- Drastic reductions in mass. The quest to reduce weight looked at every detail, from the absence of a rear seat to the adoption of carbon wheel rims (Megane R.S. Trophy-R Record version only), not forgetting the Akrapovič titanium exhaust line. Verdict on the scales: -130 kg lighter than the Megane R.S. Trophy without options.
- Completely redesigned suspension, for a more radical result. Front axle with increased negative camber, lighter rear H axle, specific adjustable Öhlins shock-absorbers, Bridgestone Potenza S007 tyres exclusive to Renault Sport, and high performance braking with optional Brembo carbon-ceramic discs (Megane R.S. Trophy-R Record version only), etc.
- Aerodynamics improved even further for better support and better circulation of flows (specific underbody fairings and carbon diffuser) and additionally optimised thermal control (NACA air intake, brake scoops, etc.).
This expert work has been validated by the stopwatch: a new absolute record for a front-wheel drive production car was achieved on 5th April 2019 by the New MEGANE R.S. TROPHY-R Record version on the 20.6 km of the Nordschleife at the Nürburgring in 07:40.100. It also clocked up a reference time of 07:45.389 on the official full lap of the circuit. This is an extreme performance bearing in mind the margin of progress is increasingly narrow at such a level.
Megane Trophy-R Record version exclusive features:
- Carbon Wheel, developed by Carbon Revolution in Geelong brings an additional weight saving of 2kg/wheel, a ground-breaking feature in the world of generalist car manufactures.
- 390 mm carbon-ceramic front brakes, taking up all the available space in a 19’’ wheel. The first time ever for a generalist manufacturer
We thoroughly enjoyed the Renault Megane R.S 280, so can only imagine how good this version will be!
Photograph by Renault.