When Renault’s UK press office revealed the price of the top-spec 2020 Renault Megane RS Trophy-R Record Edition, we bet there were a few nails being bitten.
Not just because it’s pricey. It’s very pricey. At £72,140, it’s the equivalent (with direct currency exchange rates) of selling an AUD$131,000 hot hatch.
Of course, this comes down to the options of the carbon ceramic brakes and the one-piece carbon fibre wheels which the Nürburgring record-setting car used, both pricey components.
The reason we’re interested in its pricing overseas? Because one is coming to Australia, but it’s going to be auctioned instead of sold at a fixed price.
So, you might be thinking ‘but you can’t just use exchange rates to compare international pricing,’ and you’re right. Let’s look back to the UK to see where in the ‘food chain’ the top Trophy-R sits.
The fact is, it sits right in Porsche territory. Almost 911 Carrera territory.
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If you want an entry-level 911 Carrera in the UK, you’ve got to shell out £83,793. That’s £11,653 dearer than the Megane. More realistically, if you were to compare by price, the new Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 and Spyder sit right in the mid-£70K range.
Or, if you need four doors (as the Megane offers), you can save some cash and buy yourself something like a BMW M3, which starts at about £60K in the UK.
Or, for something newer, a Mercedes-AMG C63 will cost £67,573 drive-away according to the UK site.
Whatever the case turns out to be, we imagine the auction car here in Australia probably won’t sell for Porsche 911 money. Then again, all it takes is two people with enough want… and money.