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Renault Megane R.S. 275 Trophy-R resets Nurburgring record (video)

Renault has reclaimed the Nurburgring front-wheel drive lap record with the new Megane R.S. 275 Trophy-R. The super hot hatch posted a cracking time of 7:54.36.

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What a nice way to introduce a fresh limited edition model. The Trophy-R is a stripped out, two-seat version of the already-spicy R.S. 275. It comes with bespoke Ohlins Road&Track adjustable suspension, special Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres, and an overall weight reduction of around 100kg.

Under the bonnet the 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder is boosted from its usual 265hp (195kW) output to a meatier 275hp (202kW) rating. The power is channelled through a six-speed manual transmission and into a limited-slip differential at the front axle.

The powertrain is able to cover 0-100km/h in 5.8 seconds and presents an average fuel consumption of 7.5L/100km.

Other unique highlights include Recaro Pole Position polycarbonate bucket seats, saving 42kg, with optional six-point harnesses, a lithium-ion battery saving 16kg, as well as high-performance 350mm disc brakes, and a revised exterior with new spoilers and a two-tone colour scheme.

Fortunately, the street legal limited edition will make its way to Australian shores. Just 250 examples will be made, for sale in 15 countries, with 50 heading to local showrooms.

As for the new lap record, the time is about 14 seconds quicker than the old Megane R.S. lap record, and it beats the outgoing record of 7:58 set by the SEAT Cupra 280 earlier this year. Click play below for the lap video.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.