As previewed last week Renault has unleashed its Megane R.S. 275 Trophy-R on the Albert Park Grand Prix circuit, recording a production car lap record.
The time of 2min, 23sec was set by Red Bull Racing’s Daniil Kvyat, who lasted longer in the Megane R.S. 275 Trophy-R than in his race car on Sunday.
This record follows on from the sporty Megane’s front-drive production lap record of the Nurburgring Nordschleife and Suzuka circuits in 2014.
“It was a good car, nice to drive. Good suspension and it was a very good feeling. I have driven a Megane R.S. not the Trophy-R before in Moscow once – it’s a very nice car. With the Megane R.S. Trophy-R you can feel it is more sporty, the suspension is more sporty. It is made for proper racing driving,” said Kvyat of the lap, which you can see here.
Fifty examples of the Megane R.S. 275 Trophy-R have been allocated to Australia. That’s a fair chunk of the 250 global allocation, and shows the esteem with which Renault values the Australian Renault Sport market.
The Megane R.S 275 Trophy-R that Kvyat used was fitted with the ‘Nurburgring Accessory Kit’, which includes a lithium-ion lightweight battery, composite brake discs and six-point harness belts.
As standard the Megane R.S. 275 Trophy-R comes with the Cup chassis, mechanical limited-slip differential, titanium Akrapovic exhaust, Ohlins one-way adjustable dampers, a 205kW engine tune and bespoke Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres. It is priced from $61,990 plus on-road costs.