Renault Megane IV RS Trophy R
The fourth generation of the Renault Megane is a C-Segment car launched at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. It’s hot hatch version, the Megane IV R.S., was launched in 2017, followed by the more powerful Megane IV R.S. Trophy in 2018, leading to the more focused Megane IV R.S. Trophy-R which broke the front wheel drive production car record at the Nürburgring, with a lap time of 7’40″10. According to Renault Sport, the Trophy-R was developed to achieve improved performance by concentrating on three pillars: weight, maximisation of aerodynamic efficiency and more radical suspension systems.
The Renault Megane IV R.S. Trophy-R is fitted with the 1.8 liter TCE turbocharged engine producing 224 kw / 300 hp and 400 Nm of torque. The engine is combined with a 6 speed manual gearbox that sends the power to the front wheels together with a Torsen limited slip differential. Thanks to all the weight saving measures, the car weights 1306 kg (-130 kg compared to the Trophy), offering 4,35 kg/bhp. The Trophy-R accelerates from 0-100 km/h in 5,4 seconds (-0,3 seconds faster than the Trophy) and can reach a top speed of 262 km/h (163 mph).
The redesigned suspension has increased negative camber (-2.05° in total) at the independent front axle, and Öhlins shock absorbers with adjustable height and compression/expansion. At the rear, there is a lightened H rear axle without the sophisticated 4Control system found on the R.S. and the R.S. Trophy, saving -38 kg of weight. There is also an optional lithium DESS (Dual Energy Storage System) battery which saves an additional -4,5 kg. Brakes include Brembo 4-piston calipers and ventilated discs (355 mm at the front and 290 mm at the back), however there is also the optional carbon-ceramic brake discs with a diameter of 390 mm.
Visually the Megane IV R.S. Trophy-R is distinguished by the new composite bonnet with its NACA air intake for optimised engine cooling and additional louvres, the extra air intake on the left side of the bumper in the place of R.S. Vision Headlights and the redesigned bottom blade. At the back there is a new carbon fiber diffuser and a lighter Akrapovič titanium exhaust system (-6 kg). Owners can chosse between the standard Fuji Light 19″ wheels (-2 kg per wheel) or the optional Carbon Revolution wheels made of carbon fiber (-4 kg per wheel) shod in Bridgestone Potenza S007 tires (245/35 R19).
Inside, the car features optional Sabelt monocoque composite front seats (-7 kg per seat) with Alcantara upholstery and optional six-speed harness. The 7″ touch screen with rear view camera was opted instead of the larger 8,7″ in order to save 0.25 kg of weight. The back seats have been removed and in their place there is a new subframe (-25.3 kg)
The Renault Megane IV R.S. Trophy-R will go on sale towards the end of 2019 and will be produced in a limited number of 500 units with a price of €55,000 in France.
Renault Megane IV RS Trophy R
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355 mm Ventilated Discs / 390 mm Carbon Ceramic
290 mm Ventilated Discs