UK prices have been announced for the Nurburgring record-breaking Renault Megane RS Trophy-R and they are vast.
Three versions are available, all of which are powered by a 1.8-litre 4cyl turbo engine serving up 300hp. Renault claims a 0-62mph time of 5.4secs and a top speed of 163mph.
The entry-level, option-free Trophy-R comes with a carbon composite bonnet and rear diffuser, 19in wheels wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza tyres, Akrapovic exhaust, Brembo brakes, Ohlins dampers and Sabelt bucket seats. The back seat has been thrown away to save weight and provide a mounting point for the harnesses – a retention net prevents your shopping joining you up front. The four-wheel-steering system found on a standard Megane RS has been dropped as well, saving another few kilos. In total, the base Trophy-R weighs 130kg less than the regular RS, tipping the scales at around 1290kg without fluids. Price: £51,140.
Next up is the Carbon Wheel pack – a set of four 19in Carbon Revolution wheels made entirely from carbonfibre. Each one weighs 2kg less than the standard wheel. They’re intended purely for track day use and come in tailored storage bags that are secured behind the front seats. Price: £63,140.
The range is topped by the Nurburgring Record Pack. It gets the carbon wheels as well as 390mm carbon ceramic brakes – a hot hatch first – beefier Brembo calipers and a ‘dynamic’ air intake in place of the front fog lights. Price: £72,140.
On top of that you can add a lighter lithium-ion battery, six-point harnesses and a pipe that takes air directly from the dynamic intake to the engine intake system itself.
Let’s break this down a bit. At £51,140, the entry-level Megane RS Trophy-R costs over £23,000 more than a standard Megane RS 280 and over £4,000 more than an entry-level Alpine A110.
Meanwhile at the top of the range, the Nurburgring Pack model costs just £4,000 less than the trancendentally good new Porsche 718 Cayman GT4. Add in the options and it’ll cost about the same.
Is the Megane RS Trophy-R’s massive price worth it to own the fastest front-wheel-drive car that has ever lapped the Nurburgring – in 7mins 40.1secs?
Frankly, it’s probably a moot point. Of the 500 examples being built, just 32 will come to the UK and Renault could probably sell all of them several times over.
But let us know what you think.
By Graham King