Renault's Megane RS Trophy-R will be more expensive than an Audi S3 and BMW M140i when it lands early next year, the company confirming a price 'around $70,000' for the pared-back Nurburgring front-drive record holder.
Update: Renault Australia has confirmed a price of 'around $70,000' for the Trophy-R. We've updated the story and headline to reflect that.
Just 20 examples are headed for our shores, and Renault Australia will follow in Toyota's footsteps by using an online sales portal to allocate its limited supply.
Registered customers will be able to log on at 9am today and place their order, before the general public is given the opportunity at midday. The car will be offered in white with red highlights, and will feature a manual gearbox.
There's also 100 examples of the Trophy up for grabs, which lacks the R's racing bucket seats, roll-cage, and four-point harnesses.
"The strong customer interest in the Megane R.S. Trophy-R is testament to the place this Renault Sport prepared vehicle has within the Renault family and in the hearts of car enthusiasts across Australia," said Anouk Poelmann, Renault Australia managing director.
"It is important that every Australian, regardless of their location, is given the opportunity to be part of the exclusive Megane R.S. Trophy-R club and it is for this reason we have made the decision to bring the car to market in this new and exciting way for Renault Australia."
The Megane RS Trophy is expected to touch down late in 2019, before the Trophy-R arrives early in 2020. Both are powered by 1.8-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine producing 223kW.
It's 130kg lighter than the 'regular' Trophy without options, and has a totally redesigned suspension system with dampers from Swedish specialists, Öhlins. It rides on Bridgestone Potenza S007 tyres developed specifically for Renault, and has an overhauled aerodynamics setup.
Just one Trophy-R Record edition will be offered in Australia, with carbon-fibre wheels developed by Carbon Revolution in Geelong and carbon-ceramic brakes. It'll be auctioned to the public at 'a later date'.