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Through the #Under8 campaign, Renault vowed to clock a lap time of less than eight minutes on the fearsome Nordschleife in Nurburgring, and knock Seat, who timed 7:58.4 in the new Leon Cupra 280, off their perch. The big news is, the French manufacturer has managed to edge its Spanish counterpart by using the new Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy-R, which is an extreme version of the newly launched RS 275 Trophy.

Renaultsport’s latest brainchild benefits from the same amount of power as the RS 275 Trophy from its 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, accompanied by the same Cup chassis with limited-slip differential along with a host of race-spec goodies like the titanium Akrapovic exhaust system, Öhlins one-way adjustable dampers and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres.

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The rear seats have been left out and its snug front seats have been replaced with new Recaro monocoque buckets that yield a weight saving of 42 kilograms. The Trophy-R also uses a lightweight lithium-ion battery and new steel and aluminium discs. In total, Renaultsport has managed to drop almost 100 kilograms off the kerb weight.

As a result, the Trophy-R has succeeded in retaining its crown as the fastest front-wheel drive vehicle to lap the Nordschleife, beating the records set by the previous Megane RS Trophy in 2011 and the Leon Cupra 280, with the time of 7:54.36.

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There will be 250 fine examples of the hot Trophy-R but only the lucky ones in some 15 countries will have the chance to own one. Unlike the normal Megane RS 275 Trophy, this one will come in a special black-and-white colour scheme along with red graphics and 19-inch wheels.



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