RenaultSport is responsible for Renault’s F1 success and for their latest creation; RenaultSport offers one of the different flavors of the Megane RS: the 2015 Renault Megane RS275 Trophy. When French marquee Renault wants to make a top of the line Megane, RenaultSport division handles the development of the car.
The 2015 Renault Megane RS275 Trophy is Very Quick and Very Exciting
Based on the regular Megane, the 2015 Renault Megane RS275 Trophy is a three door hatchback with the front and back ends replaced with fascias that will provide brake and engine cooling as well as down force and aerodynamics. The Megane RS is powered by a 2.0-Liter 4-cylinder turbo tuned by RenaultSport to produce 275hp (hence RS 275). The RS 275 is equipped with a rather long throw 6-speed manualto a front wheel drive layout.
On the inside the 2015 Megane RS275 Trophy shows its road car side by offering alcatara leather, well bolstered Recaro bucket seats with built-in airbags, comfortable back seats and even a reversing camera Bluetooth compatibility side curtain airbags, etc.
The drive showed the two faces of the Megane RS; the car was composed as a normal car but with an added presence due to its titanium performance exhaust. It was happy at low revs and delivered plenty of torque to push the car through stop and go traffic. Ride comfort was good but you could sense the stiffness in hard bumps. On track however is where the RS 275 shows its wings; the engine comes to life with a raspy sound thanks to the titanium exhaust, it stays planted, has little understeer even for a FWD car thanks to clever differentials, feedback is plenty, point the car wherever you like it, and the car just goes.You could bring this car to a track meet, wow the race-built-car drivers there with your hot hatch and go home by 4pm to pick up groceries with extra space to fit a small family.
The engine on the 2015 Renault Megane RS275 Trophy is just brilliant, the power output is massive yet delivers it smoothly as if it’s a lazy driver’s car it also sounds oh so good. The looks is a more aggressive and functional take on the standard Megane’s exterior. Front bucket seats leave a lot to be desired along with the excellent rear seats. The instrument panel might have used the wrong contrasting colors as some of the writing on the gauges where hard to see at speed. Ride comfort is a little bit on the stiff side but not bone rattling. The swooping roof reduces headroom at the back. Overall, it is an awesome hot hatch that deserves all the praises it gets. Practical for a daily driver, exciting for a track car; another “best of both worlds” vehicle.