Renault’s track-focused RS 300 Trophy hot hatchback has finally arrived in South Africa! See specs and pricing below...
The new Renault Megane RS hot-hatchback arrived in South Africa back in 2018 with 2 variants on offer, the road-friendly RS Lux and the sportier RS Cup. Now, a more hardcore, track-ready RS Trophy has finally arrived on local soil packing more power and go-faster bits.
What’s on offer?
Visually, the RS Trophy is distinguished by the customary Liquid Yellow paint job as well as the obligatory Trophy stripes seen in the F1-style front spoiler. Other colours are on offer too if you wish.
Whereas the Megane RS Lux and Cup versions offer 205 kW and 390 Nm, the RS Trophy ups the ante with outputs of 223 kW and up to 420 Nm of torque when equipped with an EDC dual-clutch transmission (the 6-speed manual produces 400 Nm), all derived from a 1.8-litre turbocharged petrol engine. As with other RS derivatives, the RS Trophy is also equipped with Renault’s 4-wheel steering system and hydraulic bump-stop shock absorbers. Zero to 100 kph is claimed at 5.7 seconds.
Riding on the Megane Cup chassis, the RS Trophy features a stiffer suspension as well as a Torsen mechanical limited-slip differential and is further equipped with bi-material 355 mm front brake discs with red brake callipers while riding on lightweight 19-inch Jerez alloy wheels shod with high-performance Bridgestone tyres. Lightweight 19-inch Fuji wheels are optional and they shed 2 kg in weight at each corner. The Megane RS Trophy is also equipped with a new exhaust system that allows for engine noise to be adjusted via a mechanical valve fitted to the rear silencer.
What about the interior?
Moving inside, sports seats are standard but you can spec your RS Trophy with specially-designed Recaro seats which allow for the driver to sit some 20 mm lower which adds to the sporty driving feel of the Megane RS Trophy. The seats are wrapped in Alcantara and feature a hard-shell backrest with integrated headrests.
The cockpit itself is shared with its other RS siblings featuring a large squared-off, 7.0-inch R-Link 2 infotainment system that includes sporty features such as performance telemetry readouts on the RS monitor which is useful if you are spending time at the track. 2 USB ports are also fitted to connect devices. A 7.0 -inch TFT instrument cluster is standard.
Only 7 RS Trophy units are available in South Africa.
Renault Megane RS Trophy - Price in South Africa
Megane RS Trophy EDC - R799 900
Megane RS Trophy Manual - R774 900
The Renault Megane RS Trophy is sold with a 5-year/150 000 km warranty and a 5-year/90 000 km service plan.