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TG24 2019

Gallery: the Renault Megane RS Trophy-R at TG24

It’s the £70,000 hot hatch punting round Portimao

  • What’s that? You just can’t get enough of TG24? Well, it’s good news for you my friend, because we’ve got a wonderful gallery of Megane RS Trophy-R content for you to feast upon.

    But before you click through, make sure you’ve checked out how the mightiest of the Meganes fared when we tested it against Porsche’s baby track weapon – the 718 Cayman GT4.

    Images: Richard Pardon, John Wycherley, Mark Riccioni
     

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  • So, the Megane came out just about on top in Ollie Kew’s twin-test with the Cayman. Remember, TG24 isn’t about lap times – we want to find the greatest driver’s cars of the past year. Well played Renault Sport. 

  • Carbon fibre wheels – mmmmmm. 

    £72,140 for a Megane – ouch.

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  • “It practically does an endo when you mash the middle pedal. And through every corner that requires more than a quarter-turn of lock, it’s on three wheels,” said Mr Kew. 

    If you needed proof, here it is…

  • Portimao has some lovely graphics, doesn’t it? So you know, the ones on the Megane can be removed as a no-cost option.

  • Are you a fan of the visual changes Renault has given the Trophy-R over its ‘standard’ hot hatches? 

  • No fake tailpipes here. The Trophy-R gets a full Akrapovic titanium system that’ll provide all the pops and bangs you could ever need. 

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  • Hmmmm, we’re sure there’s usually something back here in a five-door car?

    Ah, yes. Ditching the rear seats meant Renault saved a whopping 25.3kg. In total, the Trophy-R is 130kg lighter than the regular Megane RS Trophy.

  • Some facts and figures for you now… 

    296bhp and 221lb ft of torque from a 1.8-litre, four-cylinder turbo. Front-wheel-drive. A six-speed manual gearbox. 0-62mph in 5.4 seconds. Top speed 163mph. 

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  • The Trophy-R also remains the fastest front-wheel-drive production car to have lapped the Nürburgring with a time of 7m 40.1s. What a thing.

  • Want the nerdiest fact about the Trophy-R? Renault Sport used the smallest available media screen in order to save 250g. That’s serious commitment to the weight-saving cause.

  • Still trying to understand the price? Don’t bother. You can buy a base Trophy-R for around £50,000, but the fully-loaded carbon-wheel’n’braked version has sold out.

  • I spy a Chris Harris behind the wheel! Yep, and rumour has it he referred to the Megane as a ‘little rally car’ after a spirited drive.

    Still want more from TG24? Click these blue words here…

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