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Revealed: £72k price tag for the new Renault Megane super-duper hot hatch

By Paul Connolly

Renault has unveiled the price of its record-breaking Megane R.S. Trophy-R – with the fastest model costing a staggering £72k.

The boy-racers’ dream - based on the sedate Megane hatchback that competes with the likes of the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra – is so powerful it set new records at the Nurburgring and Spa Francorchamps racetracks.

But with a price ranging from £51,140 to £72,140, it will remain out of the reach to all but the most wealthy of Renault purists.

The most powerful variant of the Trophy-R is the Nurburgring Record Pack, which costs from £72,140 – although for your money you do get the best hot hatch available.

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The standard Trophy-R has a 1.8-litre, four-cylinder turbo-powered engine that pumps out 296bhp and peak torque of 400Nm.

Top speed is 163mph and it will do the sprint from 0-62mph in 5.4 seconds (0.1 second faster than a similarly-priced Jaguar F-Type V6, for example).

The Trophy-R comes fitted with a variety of bespoke, lightweight parts that underlines Renault Sport’s obsession with removing weight from the car. They managed to take out 130kg compared to the standard Megan R.S. 300 Trophy hot hatch.

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Out went the back seats, standard glass was replaced by thinner glass, and even the infotainment system was downsized to make it lighter.

The Trophy-R is identified by a unique mother-of-pearl paint finish and red highlights as well as carbon composite bonnet, carbon rear diffuser and Fuji Light 19-inch alloys wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza S007 tyres developed specifically for Renault Sport.

Inside the stripped-out interior is a pair of composite Sabelt one-piece seats, an Alcantara-covered steering wheel and 7-inch R-LINK 2 infotainment complete with R.S. Monitor, which allows in-depth access to performance data and telemetry.

The removal of the rear seats means the addition of a special luggage retention net that’s secured to the strengthening strut between the rear suspension towers.

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Under the skin is a bespoke suspension system featuring revised geometry and Ohlins adjustable dampers, bi-material front brakes and an Akrapovic titanium exhaust.

Building on the standard model, there’s a Carbon Wheel Pack car (£63,140) that adds four Carbon Revolution 19-inch wheels in addition to the standard Fuji Light rims. A “world first in this sector”, according to Renault, these special rims save an extra 2kg per wheel in unsprung mass.

The Nurburgring Record Pack range-topper is gathering most attention, both for its £72k price tag and for breaking the record for the record at the famous German sports track for front-wheel-drive production cars (three seconds faster than the previous holder, the Honda Civic Type R).

The Nurburgring Record Pack version brings the car up to the same spec as that driven by Renault Sport test driver Laurent Hurgon on his record-breaking laps.

As well as the carbon wheel pack, customers also get a carbon ceramic front braking system – said by Renault to be another first in this class. This is said to provide “unrivalled stopping power” by using larger 390mm discs and gold-finished Brembo calipers.

There’s also a dynamic air intake, which replaces the R.S. Vision 4 lighting in the lower bumper. Not only does this unit save 2kg in weight, it provides both better cooling and breathing for the engine.

Renault will build just 500 models of the Trophy-R, with shipping expected to begin in the autumn.

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