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Renault Back on Top with Nürburgring FWD Record

by Kenny Hoeschen

Renault has reclaimed the front-wheel drive record lap time from Seat just three months after Seat’s March lap of the ‘Ring of 7:58.44 in a Leon CUPRA 280. Seat’s position at the top was knocked down by a Renault Mégane RS 275 Trophy-R which achieved a lap time of 7:54.36, topping the Seat by just over four seconds.

The two-seater Trophy R has a 2.0-liter R.S. engine boosted to 275 horsepower, a titanium Akrapovic exhaust system, Öhlins Road&Track adjustable dampers with composite springs, and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. The car is missing its two rear seats and the front seats are Recaro polycarbonate racing seats which save a combined 92 pounds. Weight savings are also achieved through the use of a lithium-ion battery, which cuts another 35 pounds off the two-door’s weight.

The Mégane RS 275 Trophy-R comes in a two-tone color scheme, with a Pearlescent White finish and a contrasting Etoilé Black roof. Just 250 of the limited edition Trophy-R models will be built and it will be available in only 15 countries, with orders starting soon in France.

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