Those salivating at the idea of a Renault Sport Mégane RS 250 Cup will be dropping buckets at the sight of this one – it’s called the Mégane Renaultsport 265 Trophy, and it’s the fastest ever road-going Renault.
The car, which will make its world debut at the World Series by Renault in Nurburgring next weekend, has 15 hp more than than the RS 250, as well as 20 Nm of extra torque at 360 Nm.
Naturally, it has improved performance statistics, if slightly so – the newcomer does the 0-100 kph sprint in exactly six seconds, compared to the 6.1 of the RS 250, and top speed is up from 245 kph to 254 kph. Meanwhile, the 360Nm is usefully available across a broad rev band between 3,000 and 5,000 rpm.
To achieve these gains, Renaultsport has upped the engine’s maximum turbo pressure to 2.5 bar, up by 0.2, together with the air intake being revised to take account of the higher pressure and running temperatures.
Features on this one include Recaro seats with yellow seatbelts and detailing, Renaultsport Monitor on-board performance tracking and an optional gloss Renault i.d. Diamond Black roof.
The 265 Trophy wears gloss black 19-inch Speedline alloys with red rim, high-performance Bridgestone Potenza RE050A tyres, ‘Trophy’ red decals on the F1-style front blade and doors, and LED daytime running lights.
The exterior shade welcomes the return of Liquid Yellow i.d. metallic paint, reborn from its original use on the Clio Renaultsport 182 and V6 255, and on the R26 and R26.R. If yellow’s not your flavour, black and white options are available.
Elsewhere, the new 265 Trophy retains the essence of the Mégane Renaultsport’s award-winning recipe, including the critically acclaimed Cup chassis (stiffer springs, dampers and anti-roll bar and grooved brake discs), mechanical limited slip differential, Brembo brakes, as well as the innovative PerfoHub independent steering axis front suspension set-up, which virtually eliminates torque steer.
Deliveries of the Mégane Renaultsport 265 Trophy commence next month, but it’s all going to be rather exclusive with this one – the car will be a limited production run of only 500 examples worldwide. Gallery after the jump.
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