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The Top Gear car review:Renault Megane Renaultsport
For:The sharpest, best handling large hot hatch of them all, Trophy-R's brilliance
Against:Ride is a touch firm, but no more than that
What is it?
The Renaultsport Megane 250 was a very impressive hot hatch that just missed the greatness achieved by the old Renaultsport Clio 200. But then, Renault launched a Trophy special edition, with an extra 15bhp plus a set of chassis tweaks that helped further hone it. The firm then took it to the Nürburgring, and broke the lap record for fastest front-drive hot hatch. These changes have now been standardised on the rest: unsurprisingly, called the Renaultsport Megane 265.
For 2014, it got a new nose, and the cheaper, stripped-back Cup is now gone; a Cup Chassis Pack is a £1,350 option on the regular £26k car. Oh, and it’s been back to the Nürburgring, reclaimed its lap record with a 7m 54.36s charge and is now celebrating as the 275bhp Trophy-R limited-run special.