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.

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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.

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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.

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