Renault is taking aim at Honda with a new hotter Megane RS dubbed the 'Trophy 300' with one purpose - to steal the front-wheel drive Nurburgring lap record away from the Honda Civic Type R.
There's more power to take the fight to Honda
The Megane Trophy 300 will get power and torque increases to 296bhp and 295lb ft (20bhp and 7lb ft more than standard). This will enable it to sprint to 62mph in under 5.8 seconds – quicker than a Civic Type R.
This is according to Autocar, who say the Trophy 300 will break cover at the Paris Motor Show in October with the record attempt taking place before or shortly after its public bow.
A return for the famous Trophy name
For this latest iteration of the famed Trophy name, Renault will offer both a manual and EDC gearbox, with the Cup chassis and lightweight 19-inch wheels and rumoured aero bodywork to help take advantage of the higher power output.
The Type R and current standard Megane RS are both very quick hot hatches – if Renault can get it right with the Trophy 300 they stand every chance of nabbing the record. For about five minutes until another carmaker gives it a go, of course.
Regardless of if they succeed or not, Autocar hints that Renault may be working on a Trophy-R model which will ditch its back seats among other parts making it a lighter, more track-focused model.