Goodwoood Festival of Speed Debut
A new and quicker version of the Renaultsport Megane has been confirmed today, delivering unique styling updates and performance upgrades. The limited edition 275 Trophy model will make its UK public debut next month at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
UK price and specification details for the Renaultsport Megane 275 Trophy will also be during next month, with first deliveries following in October.
A new and more potent version of the Renaultsport Megane was rumoured earlier this spring when Renault posted a teaser image featuring the hashtag #Under8 . The new Renaultsport Megane 275 Trophy is expected to aim for setting a new lap record for front-wheel drive production cars at the legendary Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit.
Renault previously held this very record at this particular circuit with its Renaultsport Megane 265. Earlier this year, however, that particular honour was snatched by the new SEAT Leon Cupra 280 hot hatch.
With the new 275 Trophy, Renault will be looking to reclaim this particular crown and set a lap time around the Nurburgring in under eight minutes which would be an impressive achievement for a car of this type.
To achieve greater performance on the track, the 275 Trophy has an upgraded version of the same engine used in the standard Renaultsport Megane. Therefore it features a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol unit, mated with a six-speed manual gearbox. The power output is now increased by 10bhp, giving the car a new total of 271bhp.
Performance figures for the Renaultsport Megane 275 Trophy have yet to be confirmed, but it will likely go from a standstill to 60mph in about five and a half seconds. Renault reports an official fuel consumption figure of 37.7mpg for the Megane 275 Trophy, while CO2 emissions are at 174g/km which matches the standard Renaultsport model.
The new 275 Trophy also utilises Renault’s Cup chassis as standard, which is used for the manufacturer’s racing cars. The Cup chassis is stiffer than the standard chassis used in a Renaultsport Megane and consequently delivers a more precise and composed driving experience.
Renault has also given its Megane 275 Trophy a raft of other new and improved components to bolster overall speed and handling through the corners. These changes include the lightweight titanium exhaust system. The car also has a more aggressive engine note then the standard Renaultsport Megane 265.
To distinguish this new 275 Trophy model next to the standard Renaultsport Megane, it sports ‘Trophy’ branding on the grey F1-style front blade. Furthermore there’s now Trophy decals found over the rear wheel arches. Optional 19-inch black alloy wheels are available to customers.
Interior updates include leather and Alcantara sports seats complete with distinct red stitching and an alloy gear lever.