The 2020 Renault Megane RS Trophy-R has been revealed ahead of its in-the-flesh unveiling on May 24 debut at the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix, and then later in Australia.
Said to have been "developed as a racing car in a very short time" by a small team of engineers, the Trophy-R has completed an official full lap of the Nurburgring Nordschleife in 7 minutes 45.389 seconds.
Using the old, slightly shorter lap metric, the lap time was 7 minutes 40.1 seconds, which is quicker than the previous record holder, the Honda Civic Type R, which required 7 minutes 43.8 seconds.
Under the bonnet, the Trophy-R has the same 223kW 1.8-litre turbocharged petrol engine as the Megane RS Trophy model.
Instead of upping engine output, Renault Sport instead focussed on reducing the car's weight, improving the aerodynamics, and a "more radical development of its drive axles".
The company isn't going into details about the Trophy-R's changes right now, but did indicate the car includes an Akrapovič exhaust system, Brembo brakes, Bridgestone tyres, Öhlins shocks, and Sabelt bucket seats.
The Renault Megane RS Trophy-R will go on sale before the end of 2019, and its production run will be limited to "a few hundred units".
Renault Australia has confirmed the hot new Megane RS Trophy-R will hit Australia in the fourth quarter of 2019, in "very limited numbers".
Watch the record run in the video below: