But as opposed to the slightly sedate and comfortable Bimmers, the Megane RS 275 Trophy-R is a wild ferocious animal aimed at a few special kind of spirited drivers that also love to drop by their local circuits every two weekends or so. According to the manufacturer, the R sheds 101 kilograms (223 pounds) over the 'usual' RS 275 Trophy and comes with a suite of track-focused paraphernalia.
Limited to just 250 units, the ultimate Renault Megane is equipped with the bone-shaking Cup chassis, a limited-slip diff, Ohlins Road&Track performance dampers, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber, Recaro Pole Position carbon fiber monocoque bucket seats, a loud as hell titanium Akrapovic exhaust system and the centerpiece of the vehicle's sporting credentials - the 2.0-liter mill producing no less than 271 horsepower.
If that isn't enough to rock your boat, Renault offers an optional 'Record Kit' that includes steel and aluminum brake discs, six-point harness with jet fighter-inspired buckles and a lightweight lithium-ion car battery that cuts a whopping 16 kilograms over a normal lead-acid. Compared to the Trophy, the R features a couple of new aesthetic bits and bobs, the highlight being its racy Etoile Black and Pearlescent White exterior paint job.
Follow this link to watch the Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy-R's blistering 7:54:36 record Nurburgring run.