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by Tim Beissmann

Renault has released the details of its fastest ever road car – the 2011 Megane Renault Sport 265 Trophy – ahead of its unveiling at the Nurburgring this weekend. Renault fans and CarAdvice regulars will recognise this car from the video we posted at the beginning of last week.

The special edition Megane R.S. 265 Trophy will be limited to just 500 examples worldwide, and unfortunately it seems unlikely that any will make their way to Australia.

Renault Australia’s Emily Ambrosy confirmed the Megane R.S. 265 Trophy was “unavailable in Australia at this time”, and although she would not rule out a local introduction, she admitted they were likely to be snapped up quickly in Europe.

The high performance Megane Renault Sport 265 gets an additional 11kW and 20Nm, taking total power to 195kW (265 horsepower) and 360Nm.

The R.S. 265 Trophy shaves one-tenth of a second off the R.S. 250’s sprint time, launching from 0-100km/h in six seconds flat. The 265’s top speed is 254km/h, 3km/h faster than the standard Megane R.S. 250.

Renault Sport’s engineers have uprated the engine’s maximum turbo pressure to 2.5 bar (up by 0.2) and revised the air intake to account for the higher pressure and running temperatures.

The Megane R.S. 265 Trophy has a unique exterior appearance, highlighted by glossy black red-rimmed 19-inch alloy wheels, Bridgestone Potenza RE050A tyres, red ‘Trophy’ decals, and LED daytime running lights. The 265 also reintroduces the Liquid Yellow i.d. metallic paint, reborn from the Clio Renault Sport 182 and V6 255, and the Megane R26 and R26.R.

Inside, it scores Recaro seats with yellow seatbelts and details, Renault Sport onboard performance tracker and a numbered plaque.

Owners of the Renault Sport 265 Trophy models sold in the UK will also gain free access to the full 2012 Renault Sport UK track calendar, which is valued at around £650 ($1000).

The 2011 Megane Renault Sport 265 Trophy will be available to order overseas from June 20, with deliveries to begin in late July. Just 50 are destined for the UK, with prices starting at £27,820 ($42,890) – £3800 ($5860) more than the R.S. 250 Cup.




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