The new 2020 Renault Megane RS Trophy-R is making its way to Australia, having already gone on sale not long after its official reveal.
But most of the main performance figures and information about the Nürburgring’s FWD lap record holder haven’t been widely reported, somewhat overshadowed by Renault’s focus on its weight saving and the record itself.
In fact, there’s a lot to be impressed about with the Trophy-R. Its engine can be summed up quickly, being the same as that of the Megane RS 300 Trophy.
It’s the 220kW version of the 1.8-litre turbo four unit fitted to all Megane RS models, and the Alpine A110, with 400Nm and a 6-speed manual putting its power to the front wheels.
The wheels are then given that power based on where a Torsen differential decides to send it.
With the LSD in the front helping keep the Bridgestone Potenza S007 tyres (sized 245/35 J19) firmly planted, the Trophy-R is able to achieve 0-100km/h in just 5.4 seconds, Renault claims. Honda’s Civic Type R, as context, arrived with a 5.7sec claim.
Renault, as previously mentioned, also took great pride in the lightweighting achieved with the Trophy-R, resulting in a 1306kg kerb weight. Its 168kW/tonne power-to-weight ratio also bests the Type R by a mere 3kW/tonne.
The specifications seen by MOTOR don’t clarify whether this kerb weight is measured with the Carbon Revolution-made wheels or carbon ceramic brakes, both of which are only available locally on the Megane RS Trophy-R Record Edition. Australia is only getting one unit of that car.
Otherwise, 20 Trophy-Rs were available to the public as of July 8, meaning chances of securing one are slimming by the hour.
Below is the full list of specifications available to MOTOR at the time of publish, but stay tuned for further examination of what allowed the Trophy-R to take the FWD Nürburgring record from the Honda Civic Type R.
2020 Renault Megane RS Trophy-R Performance Figures:
0-100km/h: 5.4 seconds
TOP SPEED: 262km/h
STANDING KILOMETRE: 24.5sec
80-100km/h IN 3RD GEAR: 2.9sec
2020 Renault Megane RS Trophy-R Specs:
BODY: 5-door hatch
ENGINE: 1798cc I4, DOHC, 16v
BORE/STROKE: 79.7 x 90.1mm
POWER: 220kW @ 6000rpm
TORQUE: 400Nm @ 3200rpm
POWER-TO- WEIGHT: 168kW/tonne
TRANSMISSION: 6-speed manual
SUSPENSION: struts, dampers, coil springs, anti-roll bars (f); H-axle, dampers, coil springs, anti-roll bars (r)
STEERING: electrically assisted rack-and-pinion
BRAKES: 355mm ventilated discs, 4-piston calipers (f); 290mm ventilated discs, single-piston calipers (r)
WHEELS: 19.0 x 8.5-inch
TYRES: Bridgestone Potenza S007, 245/35 J19
PRICE: Approx. AUD$70,000
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