The limited range Renault Mégane RS Trophy-R has been introduced with a complete weight reduction program for the hot hatch to offer greater performance.

The new range of tops, which will go on sale later this year, features the same highly tuned 1.8-litre turbo engine as the Mégane RS 300Trophy, which produces 296 bhp and 295 lb ft of torque. That car reaches 0-62 mph in 5.7 seconds and a top speed of 161 mph.

Renault says the Trophy-R is 130 kg lighter, due to a weight reduction program led by Renault Sport, which developed the new model with the same approach that applies to a racing car.

The Trophy-R has improved aerodynamics and a redesigned power axle chassis to increase performance. This maintains the spirit of previous generations of Trophy-Rs, which have focused on extracting performance through handling and dynamics, rather than relying solely on power.

The model has also benefited from development work carried out by Renault Sportspartners; it includes a Akrapovičexhaust, Brembo brakes, Bridgestone tyres and Öhlins shock absorbers.

Although Renault has not yet given all the performance details of the Trophy-R, it says it has set a new lap record in the front-wheel-drive production car at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. According to Renault, the car travelled the 12.80 miles of Nordschleife in 7min 40.10 seconds on April 5, and also set a time of 7min 45.39 seconds on the entire 12.94-mile track. He has previously been spied on in action at the German track.

The Trofy-R will make its public debut at the Monaco Formula 1 Grand Prix this weekend before going on sale later this year, with a limited production of “a few hundred” models. Prices have not yet been revealed. The 300Trophy costs £31,835, and the exclusivity of the new model means it is likely to cost around £10,000 more.

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