Hotter hatch from Renault coming Down Under next year with more power, more kit.
Renault has finally fully revealed the range-topping Megane RS Trophy, ahead of its arrival in Australia during the second half of 2019.
Power in the RS Trophy comes from a 1.8-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol making 300hp (224kW) and 420Nm, put to the front wheels through a six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch automatic.
All Trophy-spec cars come with the 'Cup Package' as standard, which brings a mechanical limited-slip differential, bi-material brakes, 25 per cent stiffer shock absorbers and 30 per cent stiffer sprinter, along with anti-roll bars that have been beefed up by 10 per cent.
As with the base car, you get rear-wheel steering for a shorter-feeling wheelbase at low speeds and a greater sense of stability as the speedo needle rises. All the interior systems, from dual-zone climate control to keyless entry, carry over as well.
Atop this pack, which is also available on the base car, the Trophy gets unique 19-inch 'Jerez' alloy wheels wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza S001 tyres as standard. The wheels were supposedly inspired by the Renault Sport RS01 concept, and feature red pin-striping for a touch of extra visual 'pop'.
A set of lighter 19-inch alloys wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza S007 tyres will also be offered, with Renault claiming the 2.0kg per-corner weight saving and stickier rubber deliver more grip and a sharper front-end.
Beyond the unique wheels, the Trophy gains unique stripes on the 'blade-style' front diffuser to set it apart from the 'regular' car. Visual differences have otherwise been kept to a minimum.
The changes are more pronounced inside, where a new iteration of the Recaro buckets from the previous RS are available as a replacement for the standard seats. They're trimmed in Alcantara, naturally, and sit the driver 20mm lower than the standard units for a sportier feeling.
Renault has confirmed the Trophy for Australia, and says it'll be here in the second half of 2019. The regular Megane RS 280 goes on sale in September, and will kick off at $44,990 before on-road costs with the manual. The dual-clutch, meanwhile, will cost $47,490 before on-roads.