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2020 Megane RS Trophy-R breaks Nurburgring lap record

Limited to just a few hundred units worldwide, the 2020 Megane RS Trophy-R has broken the front-wheel drive lap record at the Nurburgring.

The 2020 Megane RS Trophy- R which will get its global reveal on 24th May at the Monaco Grand Prix has claimed the front-wheel drive production car lap record at the Nurburgring with a time of 07’40’’100 which is almost three seconds quicker than the previous record set by the Honda Civic Type R.

The Megane RS Trophy-R is the third performance variant of the Megane with the RS 280 and RS Trophy variants already in the line-up. All up this version weighs around 130kg less than the standard Megane with key upgrades including Sabelt sports seats, adjustable Ohlins suspension, big Brembo brakes stickier Bridgestone tyres and an Akrapovič exhaust system.

In a statement, Renault said, “In the tradition of Renault Sport, this new generation of Mégane R.S. Trophy-R does not only owe its performance to its pure power. The Mégane R.S. Trophy-R was honed for the track by a small, dedicated team focusing on three aspects – maximum weight reduction, reworked aerodynamics and a more radical development of its drive axles”.

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The Megane RS models have a history of setting lap records at the Nurburgring which is fimly entrenched as the preferred honing ground of car makers around the world. Indeed, the Megane RS R26.R in 2008 set the first front-wheel drive production car lap record in 2008 with a time of 8min 17secs. The second-gen car went faster in 2011 setting a record of 8min 7secs and then again in 2014 when it set a record time of 7min 54secs. That car was driven by Laurent Hurgon; the same man who set this new lap record with the Megane RS Trophy-R.

2020 Megane R.S. Trophy-R


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Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober

Isaac Bober was born in the shadow of Mount Panorama in Bathurst and, so, it was inevitable he’d fall into work as a motoring writer. He began his motoring career in 2000 reviewing commercial vehicles, before becoming editor of Caravan & Motorhome magazine. He then moved to MOTOR Magazine before going freelance and contributing to Overlander 4WD, 4×4 Australia, TopGear Australia, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, The Australian, CARSguide, and many more.