Sporting a new two-tone colour scheme, an Etoilé Black roof matched with an Pearlescent White finish, the Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R made a great first impression. The Trophy-R branded F1-type front blade, chequered flag on the front doors and other graphics added to the sporty looks, set off by 19-inch black or red Speedline wheel rims. It’s a car that looked equally at home on road or track.
Made for all the tracks
The Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R was a two-seater derivative of the latest Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy, losing almost 100kg to boost its performance. With the Cup chassis and limited-slip differential as standard, ‘Öhlins Road&Track’ one-way adjustable dampers with composite springs and MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres were also part of the package.
Power in your hands
The Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R was powered by a 2.0-litre petrol R.S. engine boosted to 275bhp, with a six-speed manual gearbox and a titanium Akrapovič exhaust system. Taking just 5.8 seconds to reach 100km/h from a standing start, it went on to a maximum track speed of 255km/h.
Ready to race
With no rear seats, the front was furnished with Recaro Pole Position polycarbonate monocoque seats which gave a weight saving of 22kg. The seats came with a three-point seat belt, with a six-point racing harness available as an option. Track-day fans could also add a lithium-ion battery to trim another 16kg off the overall weight and vital seconds off lap times.
Putting on the brakes
A special braking kit shed another three kilograms off the Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R’s weight while ensuring high-performance braking. The Renault Sport-etched 350/28-diameter steel and aluminium discs were ideally adapted to intensive circuit use, bringing more confidence and a sharper bite when needed.
An (Ultra) limited edition
Only 250 examples of this limited-edition series went on sale in some 15 countries. In France, it sold out the same day it was released (July 1, 2014) at a tax-paid price of €45,000. A record-specification version of the model was also available.
The sound of a silencer
Having added everything they could to speed the car up, Renault Sports’ engineers also took away everything that might slow the car down, from airconditioning to sound insulation. This created a total motoring environment for the driver, where the unique blast of the Akrapovič exhaust or squeal from the Michelin tyres became part of the soundtrack. No need for the (optional) sound system when you have that music in your ears.