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Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R

Wallpaper of the Day: 2019 Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R

Powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder that’s good for 296 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, the Megane R.S. Trophy-R is, hands down, the most hardcore Megane ever created. It features unique styling outside like the new hood, body wrap, and red accenting but also has a few interior upgrades as well, sans the requirement that you stick with the smaller infotainment screen. More importantly, Renault managed to shed some 130 kilo off the weight of the standard Megane R.S., so it’s capable of springing to 62.1 mph or 100 kph in as little as 5.4 seconds before topping out at 262 kph or 163 mph. Since we didn’t give the R.S. Trophy-R that much attention, we decided to make it our wallpaper of the day. We’ve added our favorite below, but there’s a whole gallery at the bottom for you to choose from too!

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2019 Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R

2019 Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R

The Trophy-R is the most hardcore Megane Renault ever created

The 2019 Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R is about as close as it gets to being the cap stone for the front-wheel drive hot hatch pyramid. It is the most extreme version of the current Megane RenaultSport and it makes the regular model look tame and watered down by comparison.

It is the even more extreme version of the Megane R.S. 300 Trophy, which, in turn, is more hardcore than the base Megane RenaultSport. The 300 Trophy already has plenty of go-faster mods, such as a standard Torsen limited-slop differential, a stiffer suspension setup complete with trick dampers that feature a hydraulic bumptstop, as well as bigger brakes and extra power extracted out of its 1.8-liter turbo four-cylinder.

The Trophy-R takes things a step further: most of its performance gain comes from the weight shedding of 130 kilograms (286 pounds) and some enhanced aero. Renault engineers also removed the 4Control four-wheel steering system not only to make the car lighter, but to also give it a more consistent feel when driven quickly around a track. This and other mods result is a car that currently holds the front-wheel drive lap record around the Nurburgring Nordschleife, which is no surprise, because that’s what it was designed to do (and also be the quickest and most focused vehicle of its type).

It’s also definitely got future classic written all over it. Only 500 examples will be made, all with a manual six-speed gearbox, stripped out interior (with a deleted back seat) and unique graphics. The high asking price might put some off it, but for those hardcore enthusiasts who are willing to spend more than 50 percent more on a Trophy-R than they would on the regular RenaultSport Megane (in order for the car to come fitted with the Nürburgring Record Pack), the difference will be worth it.

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The Limited-Edition Megane R.S. Trophy-R is the King of Pure Hatchbacks and Compact Performance

The Limited-Edition Megane R.S. Trophy-R is the King of Pure Hatchbacks and Compact Performance

This little hatch will plaster a wide grin on your face every time you floor the A-pedal

The Renault Megane has a rich history and purists love this car for its performance-oriented drivetrain and that it can be chucked around corners with ease. The latest iteration is the Megane R.S. Trophy-R. This little pocket-rocket recently added a badge to its accolades by becoming the fastest ever front-wheel-drive production car to have lapped the Mecca of circuits - the Nurburgring - in 7 minutes and 40.1 seconds. For your information, this is a limited-edition car and only 500 of the same will be produced. Need we say anything more?

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The 2019 Renault Megane RS Trophy R Just Killed the Civic Type R's Nurburgring Record

The 2019 Renault Megane RS Trophy R Just Killed the Civic Type R’s Nurburgring Record

Renault is back on top of the hot hatch game with new Megane RS Trophy-R

Renault’s performance division, Renault Sport, is a name synonymous with hot hatches, and its latest offering, the 2019 Megane RS Trophy-R, is a reminder why that is. The new lightened, track-focused Megane RS has just beaten the Honda Civic Type-R around the Nurburgring, stealing the front-wheel-drive crown from the Japanese manufacturer.

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Jay Leno Goes Full Throttle in a 1985 Renault R5 Turbo2: Video

Jay Leno Goes Full Throttle in a 1985 Renault R5 Turbo2: Video

A commuter-turned-mad-machine ready for rally racing

You gotta love it when manufacturers bring race-proven performance to the street. Back in the ‘80s, that’s exactly what Renault did with the R5 Turbo2, a boxy giant-slayer that looks the part of a sideways dirt-slinger all the way down to the hugely flared rear fenders.

This thing is just dripping with old-school-cool, which means it fits right in at Jay Leno’s Garage. Originally, the mighty mite used to be (as Jay puts it) “just a front-wheel drive, front-engined, econobox.” Now, however, it’s so much more. For starters, the engine is in now behind the seats, and now features a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder producing just under 200 horsepower, all of which flows through a five-speed manual transmission. The suspension was also completely reworked, and of course, don’t forget that glorious new body work. The product of racing homologation, just 200 were produced with the same aluminum roof as the example seen here.

This thing is a straight-up rally superstar for the road. Check it out in length in this 27-minute, 44-second video, which includes a look at all the technical details, and a stint on the streets of Southern California.

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Alpine Has Some Interesting Plans for the A110 Name - Here's What You Need to Know

Alpine Has Some Interesting Plans for the A110 Name - Here’s What You Need to Know

A growing family of A110-based models is good news for us who love the sports coupe

The Alpine A110 is a dandy of a sports car, and a new report reveals that more versions of the A110 could be on their way. French news outlet Downshift is reporting that Alpine is developing a more potent version of the A110 to go with a drop-top model, an SUV, and an all-electric version of the same SUV. If all three models come to fruition, the full lineup of models would serve as ideal complements to the model’s existing lineup. The high-performance A110, in particular, would become the third variant of the A110 coupe, joining the standard A110 and the A110 Premiere Edition. The convertible A110 has been given a 2020 launch timetable with the rumored SUV model following two years later.

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Top Gear's 2018 Performance Car Of The Year Winner Is Alpine A110

Top Gear’s 2018 Performance Car Of The Year Winner Is Alpine A110

An underdog in true sense

It’s that time of the year; the time where magazines and websites name their respective car of the year. And, here we have the U.K.’s Top Gear giving the title of the 2018 Performance Car of the Year. The winner took us by surprise, especially because it beat some of the biggest names in the auto industry – it’s the Alpine A110!

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2018 Renault Mégane R.S. Trophy

2018 Renault Mégane R.S. Trophy

Renault Sport’s most aggressive hatchback yet!

The Renault Megane was most recently redesigned in 2016. Sportier than ever on the outside, it gained a modern interior with the latest tech and a range of revised engines. Two years have passed since then and Renault finally gave the fourth-generation Megane the long-awaited Trophy treatment.

Crafted by the Renault Sport division, also known as R.S., the new Trophy replaces the R.S. 275 Trophy model that the French firm offered between 2014 and 2017. Naturally, the new Megane Trophy is not only more aggressive on the outside, but it’s also more powerful. As usual, it’s built on the race-bred Cup chassis, which makes it a road-legal race car. The 275 Trophy-R holds track records for FWD cars on many circuits, including the Nurburgring, Suzuka, and Fuji. Will the new Trophy set new benchmarks? Probably. But until that happens, let’s have a closer look at its design and drivetrain in the review below.

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All Changes Contrived by Renault Sport To Brew The Hardcore Megane RS Trophy

All Changes Contrived by Renault Sport To Brew The Hardcore Megane RS Trophy

It is the most powerful production car from Renault’s Sport Division

I can only infer that the importance of hot hatches in Europe is on par with the importance of muscle cars in the U.S. They are a must-have for every company that wants to do any business there. Renault and its division - Renault Sport - always did a really good job in this department with the overachieving Clio RS and Megane RS cars. Today, a new one emerged. Following the habits of the past, Renault Sport revealed the new Megane RS Trophy. It’s a car based on the regular RS but bathed with small tweaks to make it ever so faster, hardcore, and slightly meaner. It is a track weapon that tackles the monstrosity of the Honda Civic Type R, or the sophisticated gem the Volkswagen Golf GTI Clubsport is. I will go even further and give Hyundai the courtesy of joining this exclusive group with its stunning Hyundai i30 N. I am fairly certain that the Megane RS and the Megane RS Trophy are fighting for supremacy with it too.

This is the most powerful production car Renault Sport has unveiled up to this point. The RS 1.8-liter turbocharged engine has been tuned with F1 tech and is now producing 296 horsepower. This is not the end of it as I suspect the Megane RS Trophy-R will come sometime in the future.

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Renault Wants to Crash Honda's Civic Type R Lap Record World Tour

Renault Wants to Crash Honda’s Civic Type R Lap Record World Tour

The new Megane RS is gunning for the Nurburgring FWD lap record

The Honda Civic Type R has held the lap record for front-wheel drive cars at the Nurburgring, but previous record-holder Renault looks to be lining up a crack at reclaiming the record from its Japanese rival. The French automaker is currently developing a new Megane RS Trophy, which is reportedly carrying at least 300 horsepower. If that ends up being the case, it could end up having the power and performance chops to displace the Civic Type R in the record books.

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The Renault Megane RS Is Quick to 60 mph, but it's a Turd in the Top End

The Renault Megane RS Is Quick to 60 mph, but it’s a Turd in the Top End

An acceleration test shows just how limited that 1.8-liter really is

We’ve praised the new Megane RS up and down. It’s attractive, it’s sporty, it’s got the proper interior appointments, and it stands out in a crowd where models like the Ford Focus RS and Honda Civic Type R thrive. With that said, its spec sheet doesn’t disappoint either. 276 horsepower and 288 pound-feet of torque isn’t exactly something to sneeze at, at least not coming from a car this size anyway. But, engine size matters; transmission gearing matters. And, that’s painfully evident in this acceleration and top speed test put together by AutoTopNL.

From the start, things look good; the RS manages to hit the 62.1-mph barrier in around 5.8 seconds. That’s just 0.9 seconds slower than the Civic Type R and 1.1 seconds faster than the Ford Focus RS, both of which are more powerful. What happened after that run to 60 is what’s a bit discerning. It was able to run to 140 from nil in around 27 seconds, which again isn’t bad for a car with this kind of power, but beyond that, this thing is the definition of a turd. So much so that in the first attempt the driver couldn’t even hit the RS’ top speed of 155 mph. He got close, at 152, but never made it to the top of the hill.

The driver did manage to hit a top speed of 155 mph, but it wasn’t until he slowed down to 140 mph, then jumped on it again, spending 46 seconds in the process – again, that’s a turdishly slow as it gets. It’s like the car just loses all motivation beyond 135 mph or 140 mph. So what’s the reasoning behind this? Well, first off, that little 1.8 liter starts to fall off in a major way beyond 5,000 rpm. Second, it’s pretty clear that the transmission is geared more for top speed than acceleration from third on up. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it’s a tactic to provide a high top speed on paper without having to mention that it has a significant effect on mid-to-high-range acceleration.

Either way, this video is very telling of what you can really expect from the new Megane RS. It’s not a bad vehicle by any means, but it’s probably not going to win any acceleration contests – not now, and not ever. Well, unless you do some serious modification. And, in that case, by all means, please send us some video.

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2018 Renault Megane R.S.

2018 Renault Megane R.S.

The go-faster Megane is here and it’s glorious!

Renault Shifted the Megane into a new generation for the 2016 model year, bring about an all-new look that was more refined and sportier than ever. For 2018, it was time to introduce the all-new Megane R.S., a model that puts the rest of the hot hatch segment in check with its wide stance, unique body lines, commanding front end, and a motorsport-inspired, functional rear diffuser. And, at around $37,000 at current exchange rates, it’s an affordable proposition as well.

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Renault Promises 6,000 Models Per Year from New Alpine Plant

Renault Promises 6,000 Models Per Year from New Alpine Plant

Prepare to see a lot of the Alpine A110 sports car in the coming years

Renault’s push to bring the revived Alpine brand back from the dead took another positive step recently when the French automaker invested in plant capacity to accelerate its plans to build up to 6,000 sports cars per year under the Alpine brand. All in all, Renault has spent a little over $42 million in upgrading its production facility in Dieppe, France to accommodate the production of the much-hyped A110 sports car.

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Renault Explains How the New Megane R.S. Came to Be

Renault Explains How the New Megane R.S. Came to Be

French automaker has its signs on the hot hatch title

We already know that the hot hatch segment is one of the most competitive scenes in the entire auto industry. Whether it’s the Volkswagen Golf GTI, the Ford Focus ST, or the new Hyundai i30 N, there’s no shortage of competitors looking to become the best of the best. The Renault Megane RS also belongs on this list. It just so happens to that Renault is ready to unleash the next-generation model with an ace up its sleeve: four-wheel steering.

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Renault Megane R.S. Is Proof that the French Need to Return to America ASAP!

Renault Megane R.S. Is Proof that the French Need to Return to America ASAP!

More powerful Trophy version also underway

After no fewer than eight years on the market, the third-generation Megane was finally replaced in 2016. The redesign brought a significantly more modern vehicle in showrooms, as well as proof that Renault can deliver pretty cars. Of course, the company’s most recent design language looks appealing on just about any nameplate that uses it, but the Megane is particularly attractive due to its balance, hatchback body style. For more than a decade now, a new Megane was always followed by a redesigned Megane R.S., so it’s far from surprising that Renault brought a new rendition of its performance hatchback at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.

With the hot-hatch heavily based on the standard Megane and most R.S. features borrowed from the existing Clio R.S., the new Megane R.S. is far from surprising if you ask me. I mean, it’s just like I imagined it and all the recently launched R.S. features are there. This isn’t a bad thing though. On the contrary, the new Megane R.S. is stunning to look at, and I think it trumps everything else in this segment styling-wise, including the Volkswagen Golf R and the Ford Focus RS. Okay, so maybe the Focus RS is hard to beat, but the Megane R.S. is still cool enough to get us frustrated over the fact that Renaults aren’t available in the United States.

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2019 Alpine SUV

2019 Alpine SUV

Alpine’s second modern vehicle is aimed at the Porsche Macan

Shut down in 1995, Renault’s Alpine brand made a comeback 22 years later with a modern interpretation of its iconic A110 sports car. Developed on a bespoke platform and using a design that’s both modern and linked to the original car, the A110 is Renault’s long-awaited response to the Porsche Cayman and the Alfa Romeo 4C. But Alpine isn’t planning to stop here. Word has it that a convertible version of the A110 is also in the works, and the French firm also wants to jump on the SUV bandwagon. Why? Because everyone is doing it nowadays. But what’s this SUV going to be bring to the table?

I’m going to provide an answer to that question in the speculative review below, which includes not only the latest information and rumors but also a detailed rendering of the Alpine-badged hauler. A release date is not yet available, but given that we have yet to see any prototypes on the road, it’s safe to assume that it won’t happen sooner than late 2018. All told, this SUV won’t be available until the 2019 model year. That’s a long wait, but we already have a few juicy details about what’s coming.

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2018 Alpine A110 Premiere Edition

2018 Alpine A110 Premiere Edition

First wave of A110 models will be limited to just 1,955 units and priced at a little over $66K

The Alpine A110 will likely go down as one of the most memorable sports cars launches in 2017. It marks a return from the ashes for the Alpine brand and it finally came after three years of being in development. Needless to say, a lot of people looked forward to the A110’s debut, and by and large, it didn’t disappoint. And if the positive reception surrounding the sports car isn’t enough, all of us can now look forward to the first special edition version of the A110. It’s called the A110 Premiere Edition, and it’s all set to be revealed at the Salon Price later this month.

As you can expect, the A110 Premiere Edition will come with exclusive features that “standard” versions of the sports car will come without. Most of these upgrades are of the cosmetic variety so don’t expect any power bumps to happen to the car’s 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. It’s still going to produce 252 horsepower and 236 pound-feet of torque, numbers that are actually impressive for a sports car with a four-cylinder engine. What you can expect though is that the A110 will be limited to just 1,955 units, the number that references the year Alpine was founded.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Alpine A110 Premiere Edition.

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