Renaultsport Megane 265 Trophy

The Renaultsport Megane 265 Trophy is the car that Renault hinted at last week in a teaser video. It’s a development of the existing Megane 250 and earns the title of the fastest roadgoing car they’ve ever made.

Renaultsport Megane 265 Trophy

The name gives a clue as to how much power is on offer, up by 15bhp to a total of 265bhp while torque increases from 340Nm to 360Nm. The increases come from a revised ar intake and increased pressure on the turbo. With a power-to-weight ratio of 191 bhp/ton the Trophy will reach 62mph in 6.0 seconds and hit a top speed of 158mph.

Unfortunately the Megane Trophy is a limited run of just 500 examples worldwide and only 50 of those will be available in the UK. The price of such rarity is £27,820, with order books opening on June 20th for deliveries starting at the end of July.

So seeing as Renault are asking us to fork out £3,800 more than a 250 Cup, what are we getting for our money apart from a modest power increase? For a start the Trophy uses the same Cup chassis – no bad thing, but you can’t charge a premium for the same equipment.

What the Trophy does add as standard is the nifty Renaultsport Monitor, a dash-mounted tool that allows you to monitor all sorts of information, from lap times to g-forces. Also on the inside are a set of Recaro seats with yellow seatbelts and detailing.

Next are the styling changes – Liquid Yellow metallic paint returns to the Megane range as a colour exclusive to the Trophy, with the only other colour on offer being Diamond Black. There are red Trophy decals on the front and sides, and the only optional extra is to have the roof painted in Diamond Black (for £415).

The wheels are a new design, 19-inch Speedlines painted in black with a contrasting red rim. Not to everyone’s taste, but they’re certainly distinctive. Wrapped around those Speedlines are a set of Bridgestone Potenza RE050A tyres, one of the latest performance tyres that offers exceptional grip in both the wet and they dry.

Probably the best part of the package is that you get free access to all of Renaultsport’s track day events in 2012, worth around £650. This’ll give you the opportunity to test out the Megane’s renowned chassis in it’s natural environment, taking in some of the UK’s best tracks including Brands Hatch and Silverstone.

So now we know what mods Renault have applied to the Megane, the big question is what’s happening next week. On the 17th June Renault are holding the official launch of the Megane 265 Trophy at the Nurburgring, where its believed they will be trying to break the hot hatch record held by the old shape Megane R26.R. Should be interesting!

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Author: Chris Auty

Voted the Breakthrough Blogger of 2013 by SEAT and the Guild of Motoring Writers , Chris has lived and breathed cars since he was old enough to say 'faster'. With a penchant for hot hatches and an allergy to public transport, he would much prefer to drive a bad car than never drive at all. Fortunately his family has learned to put up with this obsession and the internet has provided a channel for his ramblings.

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  1. Something tells me they may have done a fair bit of testing of lap times before attempting to beat the R26R record!

    Can’t help but wonder also if they’ll struggle to find that many people who will pay over the odds just for this limited edition.

  2. Hi James!

    From the videos it looks like they’ve been testing pretty damn hard and for some time now, so it’s really just a question of how much time they can shave of the R26.R’s lap time. The Trophy has got more power but the R26.R has the edge in terms of weight, could be close!

    And yes, the price is too high. I don’t think the mods justify the extra cost, even if it is a limited run. I’m sure the kudos they’ll earn from the ‘Ring attempt will help them sell all fifty and they’ll probably become much sought after second hand, but the 265 Trophy is most certainly not value for money.

  3. I dont think the price is that bad tbh, if you spec your 250 high enough you’ll end up paying more than for the 265 trophy… I’d get one if it was available in Poland… but it isn’t, so I’ll just wait a few until they are all sold and hopefully these 265 horses will become standard on all megane RS’

  4. I’m not convinced abot the price, but then I am a bit tight with my cash – all you’re getting is 15bhp, the optional computer and some new alloys for almost £4k. But you’ve raised a good point – it would be easy for Renault to put those engine mods into the standard Megane 250, maybe that’s something they’ll look at when the new Focus ST and Astra VXR go on sale.

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