If I was in the market for a hot hatch, there would be only one obvious choice: the Renault Megane RS 250. Yes, the VW Golf is overall a better car, the Mazda 3 MPS (Mazdaspeed 3) is quicker in a straight line and the Ford Focus RS churns out more power. However, admit it a hot hatch is all about looks and the Megane RS has loads of it that put the rest of the competition look rather pedestrian.
Now there is a new ‘hotter’ version of the Megane RS called the Megane RS 265 Trophy. As the numbers in the name suggest, the 265 Trophy puts out 265 horses instead of 250 in the normal RS. Torque is also increased from 340 Nm to 360 Nm. The improvements come from an increase in the 2.0 liter engine’s turbo boost pressure and a higher flow air intake system. The result of the power enhancement is a 0-100 kph time of 6 seconds flat and a top speed of 254 kph. The RS 265 also boasts better fuel economy than the normal RS 250 as the combined fuel consumption figure fell from 8.4 to 8.2 liters per 100 kilometers.
To keep up with the increased in power, the Megane RS 265’s suspension is tweaked to give better handling. The new car rides on Bridgestone Potenza RE050A tires.
On the outside the Megane RS Trophy spots a new rear spoiler and a set of 19 inch wheels in black with red lip. The front bumper now incorporates LED daytime running lights. The driver and passenger will find new Recaro sport bucket seats inside. A display mounted in the center console gives the driver various performance indicators and mechanical parameters, something useful for the track.
The Megane RS 265 Trophy will cost 35,500 € when it goes on sale in Europe on June 20.