Renault recently organized an international drive event for the 2019 Megane RS Trophy in Portugal.
A number of journalists were able to get behind the wheel of the top dog Megane on the Estoril racetrack in Portugal and on the scenic roads in the surrounding countryside.
Until the reviews start coming, we invite you to check out the hot hatch’s exterior from every angle and discover its more hardcore cabin in 60 new photos from the event.
Following in the footsteps of its Trophy-badged predecessors, the 2019 Megane RS Trophy is the most hardcore iteration of the current Megane RS. Designed to shine on the track and twisty roads, the Trophy version features the Cup chassis as standard. That means it benefits from a Torsen mechanical limited-slip differential and a stiffer suspension.
Renault Sport engineers also added bi-material front brake discs and exclusive 19-inch alloys wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza S001 high-performance tires. The icing on the cake is obviously the souped-up 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline engine.
It produces 300 PS (296 hp) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque in combination with the standard six-speed manual gearbox. If the optional six-speed EDC transmission is selected, the peak torque goes up to 420 Nm (310 lb-ft).
The power and torque boost over the standard Megane RS have been achieved thanks to upgrades to the turbocharger and exhaust system. As a result, the 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) time drops by 0.1 seconds, to 5.7 seconds, while top speed reaches 260 km/h (161 mph).
Renault will start taking orders for the Megane RS Trophy at the end of this year. Prices for the French market have already been announced: €44,100 ($50,300) for the manual version and €45,900 ($52,350) for the dual-clutch model.