20 New Megane Trophy-R arrives with a Nürburgring lap record

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The "Grüne Hölle" marketing machine is firing on all cylinders, spewing out yet another well publicized lap record - this time in the front wheel drive class.

It is Renault who have revealed next generation Megane Trophy-R and are proving its track credentials with onboard Nürburgring video. The clock stops at 7:40.1 - a time almost unthinkable for front wheel drive just a decade ago.

No standard front-wheel-drive road car has gone quicker, at least none that we know about and can verify. Current record was held by VW Golf GTi Clubsport S - 7:49.21.

2m ago by FastestLaps
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HighGear  1m ago

Someone needs to bring back the Megane R26.R... Maybe with 350hp, LSD and plastic windows. Of course, with the cool livery like the one from 2008...
Someone also needs to time that 600hp Toyota C-HR R-Tuned around the 'Ring. That was FWD and beat super cars at Willow Springs.


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BTICronox  2m ago

Actually the JP Performance Golf VII GTI Clubsport S was even faster.
https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x6lth1d
Including a full onboard lap in the end. But of course, it's a tuned car.


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moegigo  2m ago

https://www.auto-motor-und-sport.de/test/renault-megane-rs-supertest/technische-daten/

As you can see in the german "Supertest". The difference between a factory / record car and a regular test car ist huge.

Supertest Megane RS 280hp with complete Trophy package and manual
- 0-100 6.4
- 0-200 26s
- Hockenheim Short 1.15.7
- Nordschleife 8.12min
on Bridgestone Potenza S001
- Power on Dyno 266 HP

It s clear this is not the trophy R version but one thing is shocking to me:
The Power output and 0-200 of 26s really hurts a sports car driver.
btw. Renault was free to send whatever they want, for example BMW once sended an M5 with 650hp instead of 560 (or 580 limited edition?) on the dyno...

What you get is probably not what you see on youtube


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moegigo  2m ago

Do you have detailled information about, equipment, tyre, weight, aero, hp?


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Niki  2m ago

but wasn’t the record 7:43 by civic?

 

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FastestLaps  2m ago

Noup, never seen it here https://fastestlaps.com/tracks/nordschleife


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FastestLaps  2m ago

Tbh, this Renault laptime deserves some scrutiny too. Let's not forget that these manufacturer advertised Nürburgring are basically marketing tricks. And almost none of the press or "independent reviewers" will question anything, because what they do is paid content. It's pretty tough for "journalists" nowadays anyway, so they'll just take the money and tell us how awesome everything is, or how some of the not-so-awesome products have some tiny little downsides, but otherwise they are awesome too


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vader87  2w ago

I am not sure whats the issue here, Civic Type R time had never been respected by fastestlaps and a "not to get" Megane with 130kg weight reduction and around USD 70.000 is valid?


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FastestLaps  2w ago @vader87

What 130 kg weight reduction?


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DrDuke  2w ago @FastestLaps

it's a limited series of 500 cars - 130kg lighter, carbon brakes and wheels and some other fine tuning.


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FastestLaps  2w ago @DrDuke

You mean Trophy R is limited to 500 units or is there extra optional package on top of that which brings down weight by 130 kg and has carbon wheels etc?

If Trophy R is limited to 500 cars, so be it, it's not cheating.


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DrDuke  2w ago @FastestLaps

The Trophy R is limited to 500 units
"The manufacturer announces a gain of 130 kg (excluding options) compared to the Trophy version. This allows him to go under 1,300 kg."
We'll see what this means :)


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vader87  4d ago @FastestLaps

No limited edition is heaving 130kg weight reduction by an official handout of Renault at GoodWood - i attach a picture of it:
https://www.photobox.co.uk/my/photo/full?photo_id=501998283482
I'm not sure if it is possible to get it from the dealer yet - but I already asked on official side for it.


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FastestLaps  4d ago @vader87

130 kg weight reduction is drastic difference. How can they even achieve that? If this is as you describe ("limited edition", have to go to a secret shed at Goodwood) then it's just plain cheating.

P.S. your picture link doesn't work.