Renault Megane RS Spied At The ‘Ring, Is It Chasing The Civic Type R’s Lap Record?

With the unveiling of the new generation Megane RS last year, Renault was expected to reclaim the Nurburgring crown for FWD production cars from the Honda Civic Type R.

Fast forward to the present day and we have an even more track-focused version of the hot hatch, the Renault Megane RS Trophy.

But the French automaker still hasn’t provided enthusiasts with a timed lap of the Nurburgring. And this brings us to the following video, and the inevitable question: could it be that Renaultsport is finally getting ready for an official run? If so, then the target to beat is 7:43.8, a time set by the Honda Civic Type R in April 2017.

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At a first glance, the new Renault Megane RS Trophy has the credentials to do it, with its turbo’d 1.8-liter four-pot rated at 300 PS (296 hp / 221 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of peak torque. That’s 20 PS (20 hp / 15 kW) shy of the Civic Type R’s 2.0-liter VTEC unit, but the 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint time is identical in both rides: 5.7 seconds.

Based on the Cup chassis version of the car, the Renault Megane RS Trophy benefits from a few technical upgrades compared to the non-Trophy models, such as the stiffer suspension. A Torsen limited-slip differential and 4Control four-wheel steering are also part of the package.


  • Wandering_Spirit

    It used to be decent, stylewise and excellent performance-wise. I must say it got much worse stylewise.

    • Mr_Fanta_Pants

      I’ve got the previous 3dr myself and whilst I like it’s style a lot more I wouldn’t call the new one worse, just different. I think it’s the best looking of the, now all 5 dr, current hot hatches.

      • Vassilis

        I agree with that. And I own one of its competitors. It’s a great-looking car. I did expect it to be better overall than it is though.

    • Christian Wimmer

      It took awhile but I do appreciate the styling of the last and current generation. This thing is hot and sexy. Just needs to be yellow! 😉

  • Vassilis

    To be honest, I really doubt the current iteration can beat the Civic’s record. Maybe a future Trophy R or something.

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