The new car is based on the Megane Coupe first revealed back in 2008 but thanks to the hard work of the automaker’s motorsport division, Renaultsport, the car now sports a 265 horsepower output and a chassis built with technology derived from the Megane Trophy race car.
With this 265 horsepower output, which is complemented by a healthy 265 pound-feet of torque, the Renault Megane Renaultsport 265 Trophy will now sprint to 62 mph from rest in 6 seconds flat and reach a top speed of 156 mph.
The extra performance is courtesy of additional boost pressure from the car’s turbocharged 2.0-liter engine, which remains matched to a six-speed manual gearbox and driving the front wheels. Also intact is Renault’s ‘Cup’ chassis, which features a limited-slip differential as well as separate steering and suspension axes for improved handling and resistance to torque and bump steer.
Also standard are a set of Bridgestone Potenza RE050A tires, which are wrapped around 19-inch glossy black wheels, Brembo brakes, Recaro seats, LED daytime running lights, a display screen for performance tracking, and an individually numbered plaque.
Only 500 examples are to be built, and yes, none of these will be heading to the U.S.