2020 Renault Megane RS Trophy-R unveiled, steals FWD Nürburgring record

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Renault has unveiled the Megane RS Trophy-R, the fastest car to ever wear the Renault Sport badge.

That title is more than just a marketing claim, as the Trophy-R has become the fastest front-wheel-drive car around the Nürburgring Nordschleife. With a time of 7:40.1 (or 7:45.8 according to the new ‘Ring timing system), the hot Megane steals the crown from the Honda Civic Type R, lapping some 3 seconds faster than the Japanese hatch.

Powering the Trophy-R is the same 1.8-litre turbocharged engine as the standard RS Trophy, producing an identical 221kW and 390-420Nm (depending on gearbox). Drive is still sent to the front wheels through either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch EDC automatic.

The additional speed around the Nürburgring comes in the form of some pretty drastic weight reduction. The R has lost around 130 kilograms, thanks to a number of changes including a new bonnet, lighter Akrapovic exhaust system and Sabelt sport bucket seats.

There’s also a set of Brembo brake calipers and discs on each hub, which hide behind lightweight 19-inch alloy wheels wrapped in sticky Bridgestone Potenza S007 tyres.

The hatch’s aerodynamics have also been tweaked, with notable changes including a black bonnet scoop and a revised front bumper.

The Renault Megane RS Trophy-R will make its public debut at the Monaco Grand Prix this weekend, alongside more information and specs on this hyper Frenchie.

An Australian debut has been confirmed for the fourth quarter of 2019, with only a handful of cars set to be hitting our shores.

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