- The French Hot Hatch smashed the course in 7:40.1 seconds
- Beats Honda Civic Type R to become the fastest FWD around the ‘Ring.
- Powered by a 1.8-litre motor with 296bhp and 400Nm.
It’s been a while since a Nurburgring lap record made a headline. The Honda Civic Type R reigned the fastest FWD record for almost two years. But now we have a new champion in that category. The Renault Mégane R.S. Trophy-R has dethroned the Civic Type R's 7:43.8 front-wheel-drive Nurburgring lap record by three seconds. The French Hot Hatch smashed the Nordschleife course in 7:40.1 seconds.
Limited to just “a few hundred units”, the Megane RS Trophy-R has some amazing specs to back its mouthful name. Compared to the standard Megane R.S. Trophy, the record-breaking car is powered by the same 296bhp 1.8-litre engine. But weight is down by a whopping 130 kilograms. Although no specific details have been revealed yet, the carmaker claims that the hardcore hatchback has undergone “reworked aerodynamics and more radical development of its drive axles”. The rear seats have made way for a proper roll cage. Moreover, there are upgraded parts as well such as Akrapovic exhaust, Brembo brakes, Bridgestone tyres, Öhlins suspensions and Sabelt racing harness.
The record-breaking Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R will make its first appearance at the upcoming Formula 1 Monaco GP.