Renault’s special record-setting Megane RS 275 Trophy-R is now on sale in Australia, limited to 50 units.
That’s 50 out of just 250 examples bound for a mere 15 markets, and Renault says Australia’s allotment is the second biggest - reflecting our position as the second best-selling Renault Sport market in the world.
Priced from $61,990 plus on-road costs, the Trophy-R makes its Australian debut comfortably inside Renault’s promise of a circa-$65,000 point - but still a mean $9000 higher than the recently landed RS 275 Trophy, itself limited to just 100 units here.
As the number in its name suggests, the RS 275 Trophy-R is driven by the same 201kW (275hp) and 360Nm 2.0 litre turbo engine that drives the ‘regular’ RS 275 Trophy, making both a smidgen more powerful than the RS 265 and its 195kW/360Nm version of the same mill.
What makes this new special so… special… is the handful of tweaks designed to return the Megane RS name to the top of the lap-time leaderboard for production front-wheel-drive vehicles at the famous Nurburgring. (It worked.)
Among them, and perhaps the most obvious, is the absence of rear seats, stripped out to lighten the hot hatch’s load in pursuit of a quickest-ever lap.
Other weight-reduction tricks include a smaller lithium-ion battery for a 16kg saving, and the deletion of creature comforts like air-con, radio and dash display have also resulted in another 10kg saving.
As with the RS 275 Trophy, there’s a titanium Akrapovic exhaust that brings a 4kg saving, and another 18kg is saved by shaving back the amount of insulation normally found at the rear.
The front seats are now light-weight polycarbonate Recaro Pole Position buckets that alone save 42kg.
A lighter braking package with aluminium and steel discs saves 3kg - even though they’re up 10mm in size to 350mm.
Renault even used used lighter materials in the dash, all to bring the RS 275 Trophy-R down to 1280kg - a neat 101kg lighter than the RS 265.
There’s also Ohlins Road&Track manually adjustable dampers with 20 steps at the front and 30 at the rear, along with Allevard composite epoxy springs and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 wrapping the 19-inch alloy wheels.
A number of those features form part of a special Nurburgring Accessory Park, featured as standard with Australian models and valued on its own at $5000.
This also means that, while the special new Recaro seats are fitted with a three-point seatbelt in standard fit, Australian buyers can have them with a six-point harness if they choose.
All Megane RS 275 Trophy-R models are finished in a pearl white, matched to a Diamond Black roof, red wheels and a red graphics pack.
“It is a very rare occurrence for an automotive manufacturer to release a limited edition like the Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R with such a strong focus and purpose,” Renault Australia boss Justin Hocevar said today.
“It is an exciting opportunity for us to introduce this exclusive limited edition in Australia and it is a fantastic demonstration of the support for Renault Sport in Australia that we’ve been able to secure 50 vehicles out of the 250 vehicle globally.”
Renault has confirmed with TMR today that orders for 11 examples have been taken already. If you’re keen, don’t waste time thinking about it (or running it past the CFO).