Tro­phy has eyes on the prize

The Herald Magazine - - etc DRIVE -

THE or­der books have now opened for Re­nault’s pow­er­ful new Me­gane R.S. Tro­phy. Priced from £31,810, the Me­gane R.S. Tro­phy takes the ti­tle as the most pow­er­ful Re­nault Sport pro­duc­tion car ever. Power is in­creased over the reg­u­lar Me­gane R.S. from 276bhp up to 296bhp, and torque is up too from 390Nm to 400Nm in the man­ual car, or 420Nm in the au­to­matic.

More grunt means im­proved high-rev ac­cel­er­a­tion, and the 0-60mph time has been short­ened slightly, from 5.6 sec­onds to 5.5 sec­onds. The max­i­mum speed in the man­ual car is boosted, too, from 155mph up to 162mph.

It in­cludes four-wheel-steer­ing for im­proved cor­ner­ing agility, along with hy­draulic bump stop shock ab­sorbers which in­crease the level of con­tact be­tween the tyre and the road sur­face.

All cars get Re­nault’s Cup chas­sis (an op­tional ex­tra on the stan­dard R.S.) as well as bi-ma­te­rial front disc brakes.

New 19-inch al­loy wheels fit­ted to the Tro­phy re­duce weight by 2kg per cor­ner com­pared to the reg­u­lar R.S.

A new ex­haust sys­tem has also been fit­ted, which fea­tures a me­chan­i­cal valve in the rear si­lencer al­low­ing the en­gine noise to be ad­justed. It means that should you need to make a quiet exit, the car’s ex­haust note can be brought down in vol­ume.

As men­tioned, the Tro­phy is avail­able with ei­ther a six-speed man­ual gear­box or a du­al­clutch au­to­matic, with the lat­ter con­trolled

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