A few days ago we reported on Renault’s decision to upgrade the Megane Renaultsport 250 with an extra 15bhp to make it the fastest road car ever launched in the UK.
Enter the Megane Renaultsport 265 Trophy; the sporty hot hatch with 265bhp under the bonnet from its 2.0-litre diesel engine.
Now, its speed – quoted at six seconds for a 0-62mph sprint – has been proved at one of the most iconic motor racing venues in the world, the Nurburgring in Germany.
The 13 mile course was the scene of the Megane Renaultsport 265 Trophy’s first indication of its speed after it smashed the record for a front-wheel drive car by nine seconds.
The Trophy edition made it round the twists and turns of the Nurburgring in eight minutes 17 seconds, beating a three-year record held by another Renaultsport model, the Megane R26.R.
According to Renault Sport development driver Laurent Hurgon, the record is particularly spectacular because of the unique challenges the Nurburgring throws up.
He said: "The Nordschleife (Nurburgring) is a legendary course. Its length and layout, which is very different to that of a conventional circuit, make it a unique and technically demanding challenge. Its difficulties are extremely varied, ranging from fast and even very fast in places to much twistier and slower portions."
Of course, for many the performance of the Renaultsport 265 Trophy is no surprise. The Renaultsport name is a regular in Formula One and a host of other top motorsports.
On the UK roads, The Renaultsport Twingo and Renaultsport Clio are widely recognised as some of the most enjoyable drives on the road today.
A mixture of handling, performance and a sporty looks appeals to both young people and hot hatch connoisseurs alike.
The Megane Renaultsport is another to receive the hot hatch plaudits, and the recent success at the Nurburgring only highlights the abilities of the French car maker to churn out some of the best hot hatches around.