Renault’s RS version of its Golf-rivaling Mégane hatchback (shown below) is already one of the fastest front-wheel-drive cars in production.
Soon, a more hardcore version with extra power and fewer pounds will arrive, and we’ve just caught a prototype being pushed hard at the Nürburgring.
At the time, Renault said the Trophy version would get 296 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque from a 1.8-liter turbocharged inline-4. In comparison, the Mégane RS makes do with 275 hp and 287 lb-ft from the same engine.
Like the Mégane RS, front-wheel drive and four-wheel steering should be standard. And while the Mégane RS is available with either a six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch transmission, the Trophy version may end up with only one of these.
We also know that the Trophy will come with stiffer suspension, a hood with extra vents, and a much more aggressive rear diffuser made from carbon fiber.
The debut is scheduled for later this year with an appearance at the Paris auto show in October a strong possibility.
And don’t be surprised if Renault will be out targeting the Nürburgring record for front-wheel-drive cars shortly after the debut. The car’s predecessor lapped the ‘Ring in 7:54.36 in 2014 to achieve the record, but the time to beat as of today is 7:43.8—achieved by Honda’s 2017 Civic Type R last year.