This is the Megane RS Renault owners have been waiting for.
The French brand has unveiled a new RS Trophy variant based on the fourth-generation Megane, bringing increased power, grippier tyres and a more purposeful cabin.
Set to join the new RS family locally in the second half of 2019, the Trophy is powered by an uprated version of the Megane’s turbocharged 1.8-litre engine offering 220kW and 420Nm outputs - 15kW and 20Nm more than the regular car.
Additional power comes from a revised turbocharger with ceramic ball bearings, along with an active exhaust system intended to give the car more presence on the road.
Renault says the driveline is good for a 5.7 second run to 100km/h, along with a top speed of 260km/h.
Unlike the manual-only Megane RS Cup, the Trophy is available with a choice of six-speed manual or dual-clutch automatic transmissions, driving the front wheels through a limited slip differential.
Employing the same Brembo brakes and firm suspension as the Cup, the new Trophy features a choice of two 19-inch wheel designs wrapped in Bridgestone tyres. Standard Potenza S001 rubber can be substituted for grippier Potenza S007 hoops originally developed for the Aston Martin DB11.
The standard “Jerez” wheels are finished in diamond cut metal with black elements and a bright red stripe running toward the centre of the wheel. A lighter alternative will emerge in 2019.
Importantly for customers of the previous-generation Megane Trophy, the new model is available with hard-shell Recaro bucket seats trimmed in suede-like Alcantara, positioning drivers lower within the car while offering improved lateral support.
While prices and full specifications for the model will emerge closer to its arrival date, customers should not expect much change from $50,000.
2010 Renault Megane RS Trophy specifications:
Engine: 1.8-litre four-cylinder turbo petrol
Transmission: Six-speed manual or automatic, front-wheel-drive
Fuel use: 8.1L/100km