Performance car enthusiasts can look forward to even greater performance and more dynamic design, as the New Renault Megane RS Trophy boosts the Renault Sport line-up by extending the family of Trophy versions produced since the first generation of Megane RS.
New Renault Megane RS Trophy debuts a brand-new version of the 1.8-litre turbo engine, delivering increased power output of 300hp - the first time a R.S model has produced this level of power - and torque of 420Nm. The significant rise in power is largely thanks to the use of pioneering technologies, especially for the turbocharger and exhaust system, which again are firsts in the new Megane RS Trophy, including the ability to alter the engine note. This new engine can be combined with a six-speed manual or six-speed EDC (Efficient dual-clutch) gearbox.
Together with the new power unit, a host of additional performance-focused features differentiate the Renault Megane RS Trophy from the standard M?gane RS
Based on the Cup chassis, which boasts stiffer suspension and a Torsen? mechanical limited slip differential, the Renault Megane RS Trophy is further enhanced with bi-material front brake discs, specific 19-inch 'Jerez' alloy wheels and high performance Bridgestone tyres, which can be paired with new, exclusive lighter wheels that reduce total unsprung weight by 8kg.
For increased support, and also exclusive to the New Megane RS Trophy are optional new Recaro front seats, covered with Alcantara? upholstery and positioned 20 mm lower for a greater driver experience.
Available in the iconic Liquid Yellow that is synonymous with Trophy models, the New Renault Megane RS Trophy is further identified with Trophy stripes added to its F1-style front spoiler.
Naturally, the latest and most powerful R.S ever benefits from the advanced technology and Renault Sport innovations that already exist in the Megane R.S, including the 4CONTROL four-wheel steering system and four hydraulic bump stop shock absorbers.
Whilst honed for track use and to answer the needs of enthusiasts looking for exclusivity, New Megane RS Trophy remains perfectly suited to everyday use, offering such features as:
The ability to select different driving modes using the Multi-Sense system
The exceptional performances of the lighting system, RS Vision The telemetry and data acquisition system, RS Monitor Engine: Harnessing technology to boost performance
First seen in the New Megane RS, the 1.8-litre direct injection turbo engine, derived from synergies in the Renault-Nissan Alliance, comes with an upgrade that enables it to pass the symbolic 300hp (220kW) mark for the first time in the RS range. Torque has also been increased, reaching 420Nm (+20Nm) with the EDC gearbox and 400Nm with the manual version.
The increased power delivers better acceleration, including at high revs, whilst the torque - one of the best in class - contributes to driving pleasure and comfort behind the wheel. These improved performances comply with the new emission control standard, Euro6d-Temp, which comes into force on 1 September 2018.
In order to offset the substantial increase in exhaust back pressure, related to the addition of a particulate filter, Renault Sport engineers concentrated in particular on the efficiency of the turbocharger by deploying a technology taken directly from Formula 1.
The turbine - which rotates at close to 200,000rpm - is therefore now fitted on a ceramic ball bearing system. Lighter, harder and smoother than steel, ceramic helps reduce friction. In fact, this technology reduces friction by a third compared with a traditional ball bearing system (oil film). This in turn ensures that the turbo is able to spool quicker, aiding acceleration and responsiveness.
In addition to the turbo, the new exhaust system is the second area in which engine performance has been improved on New Renault Megane RS Trophy. The rear silencer has been fitted with a mechanical valve that enables engine noise to be adjusted. Once again, this is a first in the RS range.