RENAULT is expanding its hot hatch line up with the introduction of a Trophy version of the Megane RS.
Powered by a new version of Renault's 1.8-litre turbo engine boosted to 300bhp the newcomer is quicker 0 to 60 than the regular RS at 5.7 seconds.
With four wheel steering and bump stop shock absorbers, Renault says the Megane RS Trophy is a track car set up for everyday use and it can be had in the trademark Liquid Yellow paint finish associated with Trophy models.
Top speed is a claimed 162mph and such is the power from the engine it can accelerate from 50 to 75mph in 3.1 seconds.
And with a multi-mode drive selector the note of the exhaust can be enhanced to create a sportier sound - the first time Renault has used such technology on an RS model.
As with the regular Megane RS the Trophy is available with two types of six-speed gearbox, a manual or a dual clutch transmission with steering wheel-mounted gearshift paddles.
For the Trophy models torque has been increased to 420Nm for the EDC versions with the manuals delivering 400Nm. Fuel consumption is still to be announced.
The Trophy models sit on 19-inch wheels and come with the Megane RS Cup chassis which has a Torsen limited slip differential and firmer suspension while the Brembo brake system - with red painted callipers - is designed to deliver greater heat dissipation.
Inside, the Trophy can be fitted with optional Recaro sports seats which are covered in Alcantara and have been redesigned to allow for a driving position almost an inch lower.
First deliveries of the Trophy models are expected this winter and prices will be announced in the autumn. The Megane RS, which has just gone on sale, is priced from £28,995 in Cup form.