An invite to any performance car launch is almost always a special event. That’s especially true when it’s the latest and greatest from Renault’s stealth motorsport division, known as Renault Sport.
Every motoring journalist in the world has been waiting for the launch of the all-new Renault Megane Renault Sport 250. After all, Renault Sport has always produced a sharper version of the hot hatch than most other car manufacturers who play in that segment. They aren’t necessarily the quickest in a straight line, but their cornering ability is second to none.
That said Renault Sport also make something better than any hot hatch they’ve ever built, and it’s called the New Megane Trophy. The first generation Megane Trophy was first released in 2005 for a one make World Series and Renault has continued that initiative, which is considered the perfect stage to showcase their automotive engineering prowess.
The new Megane Trophy is a very serious bit of kit indeed. Powered by a mid-mounted 3.5-litre V6 producing 243 kW and 390 Nm of torque and weighing only 980 kilograms, it's wickedly quick. You know the saying about handling like a go-kart? Well this is what they’re talking about; only this time, it’s Jim Richard’s behind the wheel, and I’m riding shotgun.
Here’s the video clip -