2015 Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy Review
2015 Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy Review. To retrieve the record that she was bitten in less than 8 minutes, the Seat Leon Cupra 280, the Renault Megane RS, reference-ups on the Nurburgring, had Desperate measures. A radical change, two-seater capable of a time of 7’54 ” on a tour of the German magistrate and totally enjoyable, even on the road.
Brakes hissing horribly on small braking, just two places and very firm suspension at low speed … we can not reasonably say that the Megane RS 275 Trophy-R is pleasant to live with. But that is not its purpose. The objective of this expensive limited to 250 copies series was to take the record for the Nürburgring in the pull category and tu absolute efficacy outside the circuits for sporty driving melted. Laurent Hurgon, the Renault Sport driver was responsible for the challenge on the “Ring”, improving 14 s time for the Megane RS 265, and that of the 4S Seat Leon Cupra 280 with a time of 7’54”36. While Honda has done better since with his Civic Type R, not worth going to mess with him, he knows it better than we circuit. In fact, we focused on the road, where the Trophy-R is intended also exceptional.
Two figures are aware of its enormous potential adhesion: we achieved 1.3 g of lateral acceleration in turns (very good reach 1.1 g) and even 1.5 g peak braking! A very unusual grip, nearest building race cars as those series, this Mégane owes much to its 2 Michelin Sport Cup tires, adapted specifically for her. Once in temperature, these gums outer profile very little nicked, like slick, offer a crazy lateral grip, for entering very quickly in curves. What explained largely gleaned 14 seconds on the track, even if other changes have also participated. Such relief 101 kg obtained by removing the rear seat with Recaro bucket unibody polycarbonate with a titanium Akrapovic exhaust system signed, the 12V lithium-ion battery, the lack of Air conditioning and GPS (free option) as well as the adoption of front brakes steel bi-material and aluminum.
Not to mention the adjustable Ohlins dampers to ensure optimal contact between tires and road and power increase of 10 hp (275 hp at 5,500 rev / min in RS fashion against 265 previously). There is also an amusing anecdote: as directors developed Renault Sport thought was a fair bit to beat the prowess of the Seat, they have – hard – earned the right engineers scratching 300 r / min on the maximum speed (now 6,800 r / min) in order to gain some valuable kilometers per hour in the long line final straight of the Nürburgring (over 3,000 meters). Although it is close to its end of life, 2.0 iron block (without turbo born in 1993 on the Clio Williams) only provided an indirect injection and a single variable valve timing on the intake side, provides sacred performance despite its technology rustic anything. Already full from 1500 rev / min, he gets mad at 2,500 r / min, then became angry with a pronounced murmur passed 5,000 r / min, further amplified by the lack of seat and rear shelf. Perfectly controlled passion, and without too many cars in the steering wheel, a front end with a locking differential.
But beyond those nasty acceleration is when the curves tighten this Megane Trophy-R enchants and proves capable of sowing almost anything with wheels. Especially as his leadership informs remarkably on available traction and its developments. While at sunrise off the throttle, rear sways gently to annihilate any possible onset of understeer. It remains to crush the accelerator to get out like a ball of the turn. Enjoyable, natural and so reassuring even in surprise, as if the “tape” in the brakes, the rear suspension immediately hold on his feet to avoid being in a difficult position. Not to mention that with its high performance adjustable shocks, this extremely nasty variation proves even better amortized over bumpy roads than other RS … at least from 70 km / h and once found the right setting.
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