Renault’s Record-Breaking Megane R.S. Trophy-R Is Here – For £72,000

Renault has confirmed a limited production run of the car that set a new Nurburgring lap class record, but it comes at an unexpectedly steep cost
Renault’s Record-Breaking Megane R.S. Trophy-R Is Here – For £72,000

The mighty hot hatchback that set new lap records for front-wheel drive cars at both the Nurburgring and Spa-Francorchamps has gone on sale to the public at last.

Just 500 examples of the Renault Megane R.S Trophy-R will be made, with 32 confirmed for the UK market. High-end supplier names are splashed all over it like a Fast & Furious sticker set: there are trick Ohlins dampers, a tailor-made Akrapovic titanium exhaust and a couple of carbon body panels – namely the bonnet and the rear diffuser.

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Brembo supplies epic brakes, Bridgestone the sticky Potenza S007 rubber and Sabelt the lightweight bucket seats, because racecar (for the road). The Trophy-R has cast 130 of the regular Trophy’s kilograms aside, partly thanks to a carbonfibre bonnet and matching rear diffuser.

Up front the 296bhp, 295lb ft turbocharged 1.8-litre petrol engine may not seem especially exotic when some all-wheel drive rivals are pushing 400bhp or more, but this car is all about cramming as much functional automotive exotica into one ultra-exclusive hot hatch as possible.

Renault’s Record-Breaking Megane R.S. Trophy-R Is Here – For £72,000

When you’re specifying one, though, the numbers involved are terrifying. The base car costs £51,140 on the road; about £5000 more than a base Alpine A110. To add the carbon wheel pack takes the price to £63,140 but saves 2kg per corner, while for the full-fat Nurburgring Record spec the total is £72,140. That is not a typo.

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Renault says the most expensive version of the stripped-out car is exactly the same as the one piloted to the two phenomenal lap records by Renault Sport test driver Laurent Hurgon. It gets huge carbon ceramic discs, gold-painted Brembo calipers and a ‘dynamic air intake’ that both saves 2kg and improves cooling.

Renault’s Record-Breaking Megane R.S. Trophy-R Is Here – For £72,000

Optionally, all buyers can swap the battery to a lightweight item that saves 4.5kg, six-point racing harnesses and a modified air intake. If you want a genuine racecar, brand new, perfectly focused and so rare that it makes rocking horse poo look like silver Ford Fiestas, what else can you pick for about £70,000?



All will be sold, it’s a premiere. Carbon ceramic breaks on standard for a FWD car ! Vive Renault :)

07/31/2019 - 09:32 |
62 | 6

70 thousand pounds is equivalent to 123 thousand Australian.

That’s used R35 Money (with over 30k in mods).
That’s dealer-demo 718 S money.
That’s HSV GTSR money (With 12k for a Supercharger)

07/31/2019 - 09:33 |
52 | 0

That’s also a brand new Corvette C8 with Z71 package and a few optional extras.

07/31/2019 - 10:05 |
42 | 2

How much for a Barra powered falcon with that money

07/31/2019 - 10:31 |
0 | 0

72k pounds equals 78.594€ in France.

So I went to a used car website (lacentrale) and found for this price limit (among a lot of gems) :
a Dodge Viper SRT-10 (60.000€ / 24.363kms)
a 2011 Nissan GT-R (58.990€ / 24.000kms)
an Aston Martin Rapide (78.400€ / 53.600kms)
about 50 ferraris (355,348,360,612,456), including a 575M

07/31/2019 - 11:31 |
24 | 0

That’s almost 10 used ZC2 Suzuki Swift Sports
That’s 15 Fiesta Zetecs with “low milage”
That’s 20 decent condition E46 3 series
That’s 30 used Higher milage Renault Twingo 133s

That’s 100 crappy old Vauxhall Corsas

08/01/2019 - 06:34 |
2 | 0

72k£ for a French car.
No thank you, I’d rather get a nice daily that’s also pretty fast(bmw 340i)

07/31/2019 - 09:36 |
14 | 14

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

That’s not a daily though. A nice daily that’s also pretty fast is a megane GT, which is about £20k

07/31/2019 - 11:40 |
6 | 2

I’d rather take the A110.

07/31/2019 - 10:12 |
18 | 0

I don’t think it should be compared against the civic type r if it costs over twice as much. That’s like honda building a civic type r with NSX drivetrain parts, setting a record, then sell it at a price that nobody will want to pay for a civic when cars of better value for money are available

07/31/2019 - 10:13 |
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Chewbacca_buddy (McLaren squad)(VW GTI Clubsport)(McLaren 60

It would be more appealing if they dropped it 10k

07/31/2019 - 11:44 |
0 | 0

72,000 for a fwd? There’s nothing wrong with FwD but come on, 72,000?

07/31/2019 - 12:09 |
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Also, for perspective for about 1 1/2 thousand more, you could get a freakin shelby gt500!

07/31/2019 - 12:11 |
6 | 0

Hmm I rather pick used GT3 CUP and save 16k for tyres & fuel

07/31/2019 - 12:18 |
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RWB Dude

Waste of money change my mind, you can get a Civic Type R for £20,000 less lol

07/31/2019 - 14:18 |
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