Renault Mégane RS275 Trophy-R at the Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit

The New Renault Mégane RS275 Trophy-R has become the first production car to set a lap record of 2:23min, at an average speed of 133km/h, at Australia’s Albert Park Grand Prix Circuit last Thursday, 12th March 2015. In fact last year, the New Renault Mégane RS275 Trophy-R has taken on and set new frontwheel-drive production car lap records at two challenging circuits, the Germany’s infamous Nürburgring and Japan’s Suzuka Circuit.

New Renault Megane RS275 Trophy

The tradition of exclusive, performance-oriented Renaultsport models continues with the unveiling of a new limited edition Mégane Renaultsport - 275 Trophy. Following its recent facelift, the top-of-the-range Mégane now benefits from a technical upgrade and a bespoke look. The new 275 Trophy is the latest in a line of limited edition Megane Renaultsports, which began with the 265 Trophy in 2011 and continued with the Red Bull Racing RB8.

Technical upgrades for a Renaultsport thoroughbred with even sharper performance

Renault Megane RS 275 Full Release


A convincing demonstration in under eight minutes



The recently unveiled New Renault Mégane RS275 Trophy features the best of Renault Sport technology, with the Renault Sport 2.0L turbocharged petrol engine upgraded to 275 bhp and the Cup chassis. This limited series is now available in a more radical version: the New Renault Mégane RS275 Trophy-R, designed for track driving enthusiasts. Weighing in at almost 100kg lighter, the New Renault Mégane RS275 Trophy-R is pinned to the road by a chassis fitted with Öhlins Road&Track adjustable dampers and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres. The overall coherence is reflected in the exceptional level of performance achieved. As illustrated by a new record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, the New Renault Mégane RS275 Trophy-R covered the 20.832 km in just 7’54’’36, the fastest time ever for a front-wheel drive production model.

Renault Twingo R.S. in 2012 [Release]

New Twingo R.S., which will go on sale from mid-March 2012, features the sporting interpretation of Renault’s new styling identity, including a dynamic grille design with four lights and a front bumper incorporating an F1-style blade.

This detail, which now runs across the Renault Sport range, recalls Renault’s success in Formula 1. The hallmark Sirius Yellow finish will be available as an option from the end of May. The rear end of the car features a tailgate-mounted lip spoiler, a special bumper incorporating a diffuser and aerodynamic extensions on the rear wheel arches.

Also available is a Design Pack which includes Grey/Dark Gunmetal Grey door mirror housings, F1 blade and R.S. lip spoiler, plus chrome details for the fog light surrounds. It will also be possible to specify new 16-inch ‘Emotion’ alloy wheels complete with ‘R.S.’-badged centre caps which proudly proclaim the car’s pedigree.

Stage 2 Tune for Megane RenaultSport 250 [Release]

Designed for enthusiasts wanting the ultimate hot hatch, leading UK based performance specialist RS Tuning is pleased to launch an exhilarating ‘Stage 2’ tuning package for the 2.0-litre, turbocharged Renaultsport Megane 250.

RS Tuning’s Stage 2 package consists of an alloy Forge Motorsport high flow intercooler, a choice of sports catalyst or cat bypass pipe, a Milltek stainless steel performance exhaust system and a specially developed RS Tuning ECU remap for the 250’s F4Rt engine.

8 mins 8 seconds: Megane RS Trophy at the Nürburgring Nordschleife [Release]

An exploit that has ‘shortened’ the Nordschleife…

Renault Sport established its first lap record for a front-wheel drive production car at the Nordschleife on June 23, 2008. The time of 8m17s posted that day by Mégane R26.R. demonstrated that a showroom-specification front-wheel drive car could beat many models produced by some elite specialist brands and tuners.

On June 17, 2011, it was the turn of Mégane R.S. Trophy – a new limited-edition version of Mégane R.S. – to beat the time by 9 seconds, a lap record that has stood for three years in the firm grasp of its predecessor.

French Police to add 70 Renault Megane R.S to Rapid Intervention Fleet

Renault has won the call for tender launched by the Gendarmerie Nationale to replace its fleet of rapid intervention vehicles. Renault will deliver a total 70 Mégane R.S. vehicles in Gendarmerie guise, starting end of 2010.

The Gendarmerie has chosen the “Chassis Cup” version with its extremely precise handling, particularly at high speeds, assisted by a high-performance limited-slip differential and 18-inch tyres ensuring the best possible transfer of engine power.

French Fried : Renault Clio RenaultSport 172 (MkI)

Cult Car Central revisits the Renault Clio 172 Mk 1

Vital Statistics
Car: Renault Clio RenaultSport 172 (Mk 1)
Year of Manufacture: 2000
Owners: 2
Original Registration: 18th April 2001
Mileage: NA
Revisited: 21st March 2010

Mention the term, 'Hot Hatch', and enthusiasts in Singapore are more inclined to think of Japanese models like the Daihatsu Charade GTti, Suzuki Swift GTI and the ubiquitous Honda Civic VTI/SiR hatchbacks.

As much as VW is commonly credited with shoe-horning a sporty engine into the first Golf (to create the GTI variant), the first 'hot-hatch' can actually be attributed to the French, namely Renault, when the naturally-aspirated Renault 5 Gordini was first introduced (not to be confused with the Renault 5 GT Turbo of the 1980s; the 5 Gordini Turbo was the turbocharged variant of the 5 Gordini) just 1 year before the arrival of the production Golf GTI in 1977.

Label Love : Renault Clio Gordini RS

Renault's little blue bombshells with the distinctive two white stripes are back! (other tiny terrors HERE and HERE)

The famous “Gorde” was a symbol of French success that thrilled several generations of motorists who were thirsty for sporty sensations at the wheel of a fun car. The French blue, white stripes and radiator grill with its four round headlights all contributed to an eternal identity that is an important part of Renault's sporting heritage.

Megane Lite : Renault Megane R26.R

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The latest addition to the Renault Sport family is Megane R26.R, a car that has been engineered for performance and extreme driving enjoyment.

Megane R26.R is based on Megane F1 Team R26 and uses the same engine, gearbox and limited slip differential, but has been lightened by 123kg and features specific suspension calibration.

On June 23, 2008, Megane R26.R established a new lap record for its category round the legendary Nürburgring in Germany with a time of 8m 17s which confirms its extreme performance calling. It is easily recognizable thanks to its carbon bonnet, while its sporty credentials are immediately apparent inside, too, with its Sabelt bucket seats and harness belts.

Megane R26.R is a limited edition model manufactured at the Alpine Renault factory in Dieppe, France. Total production has been restricted to just 450 cars. Following its unveiling at the London Show, Megane R26.R is due to go on sale in October 2008 (price in France: 34 900 euros).

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