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Renault #under8 ‘RS275R’ targets 7:45 Nurburgring lap – rumour

There are a lot of rumours going around at the moment about Renault’s plans for the new special edition Megane, which, Renault hopes, will reclaim the Nurburgring lap record for a front-wheel drive production car.

Renault Megane RS275R

Rumours initially started off saying Renault has begun time trials at the famous German circuit, and has already recorded a time of 7:45.

We now hear from French media that the time hasn’t been recorded, however, it has been set as a benchmark for the engineers and test drivers. The special edition is also reported to feature an ‘RS275R’ badge.

If it achieves such a cracking time it will easily become the quickest front-wheel drive to ever lap the circuit, with the current record standing at 7:58.4 (SEAT Cupra 280).

Although a record could be on the cards, many are wondering what Renault will do to the Megane special edition to achieve a good time.

So far all we know is it will come with a lightweight Akrapovic exhaust system, and a serious suspension and braking setup is more than likely. Maybe we’ll also see a partially stripped out interior? A roll cage perhaps?

All will be revealed on June x16.

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.