That price tag means the hardcore two-seat Trophy-R limited edition – which claimed the title of the fastest front-wheel-drive car around the famous German circuit in June – will cost $9000 more than the ‘regular’ RS275 hot-hatch on which it’s based.
The Megane RS275 Trophy-R is 101kg lighter than the RS275, shedding 23kg by trading its rear seat for a strut brace and luggage net, and another 42kg by swapping its sports seats for Recaro Pole Position polycarbonate monocoque seats finished in alcantara trim.
The Trophy-R also gets a titanium Akrapovic exhaust system, Ohlins Road and Track adjustable dampers with composite springs and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres.
Australian-delivered vehicles will also come equipped with the Nurburgring accessory kit (which Renault claims is valued at more than $5000), which adds a lightweight lithium-ion battery, 350/28-diameter steel and aluminium brake discs, and six-point harness belts with aviation-style buckles.
The Megane RS275 Trophy-R is available with a new two-tone colour scheme with a Diamond Black roof mated with a Pearl White body finish. The Trophy-R-branded F1-style front blade, chequered flag graphic and 19-inch ‘Speedline Turini’ alloy wheels are all finished in red.
The red theme continues to the cabin, which boasts matching seatbelts and stitching, along with an alcantara-trimmed steering wheel and handbrake.
The Trophy-R’s engine is identical to that in the RS275, producing 201kW of power at 5500rpm and 360Nm of torque at 3000rpm. It launches the 1284kg racer from 0-100km/h in 5.8 seconds, and consumes 7.5 litres per 100 kilometres on the combined cycle.
Fifty Megane RS275 Trophy-R hot-hatches will comes to Australia, which represents one-fifth of the planned global run of 250.
Renault Australia managing director Justin Hocevar says interest in the Trophy-R is high among local Renaultsport enthusiasts.
“It is an exciting opportunity for us to introduce this exclusive limited edition in Australia and it is a fantastic demonstration of the support for Renault Sport in Australia that we’ve been able to secure 50 vehicles out of the 250 vehicle globally,” Hocevar said.
“Renault Australia is the second highest selling country in the world for Renaultsport in 2014 and I’m confident that all 50 vehicles will be sold very quickly.
“We’ve already seen several customers place deposits for the Megane RS275 Trophy-R without having seen the vehicle.”
Read CarAdvice’s Renault Megane RS275 Trophy-R Nurburgring passenger hot lap review.