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The current-generation Renault Megane RS has been around for five years, but Renault Sport clearly thinks there is still lots of life in the old horse. To that end, it is teasing a new, hardcore version of the already serious hot hatch, accompanied by the hashtag #Under8 – almost certainly hinting at a target Nürburgring Nordschleife lap time of under eight minutes.

Earlier in the year, the new Seat Leon Cupra 280 snatched the front-wheel drive lap record from the previous holder, the Megane RS Trophy, with a time of 7 minutes 58.4 seconds. The next Honda Civic Type R has long been tipped to be the next to clinch the title, but it seems Renault’s performance division has other plans.

Details are scarce, but the sole image provided shows an Akrapovic exhaust system with what appears to be a carbon fibre tip. The roster of the rest of the partners that have signed up are no less impressive, with Michelin providing the tyres and Öhlins upgrading the suspension. Can’t wait? Don’t hold your breath just yet – the car is only set to be unveiled on June 16.