Words by Declan Glynn

The arrival of the Trophy version of the latest generation Megane RS is big news.

The new Renault Megane RS Trophy has more power than the ‘standard’ RS, and comes with a focused chassis, too.

All of the core Megane RS parts remain, most notably the 4Control four-wheel-steering. This amazing steering system gives the RS a character of its own in corners, as the rear wheels turn the opposite way to the front wheels at speeds below 60km/h (or 100km/h in Race mode).

With a well-weighted steering set-up too, it is easy to enjoy every bend in the road ahead.

The Trophy comes with bigger brakes, unique alloy wheels, and a new exhaust, as well as more power from the 1.8-litre turbo-petrol engine, with 296bhp now on offer.

My review car was a Megane RS Trophy dual clutch EDC (6-speed automatic with shift paddles), which looked amazing in head-turning Liquid Yellow metallic paintwork.

The new 1.8-litre direct-injection turbo petrol engine has one of the best torque ratings in its class, while the chain-driven timing system boasts reduced CO2 emissions and fuel consumption.

With 296bhp and a thumping 400Nm of torque, the RS Trophy can sprint from 0-100kmph in just 5.8 seconds, and achieve a top speed of 260kmph, while fuel consumption as low as 7.8l/100km is possible on a combined driving cycle.

A long list of equipment comes as standard in the RS Trophy, with ‘sports-car derived’ features taking pride of place.

The new Renault Megane RS Trophy is a genuinely impressive car. It is a car built to arouse your driving instincts, with wings extended by up to 60 mm, and special bumpers featuring an F1-style blade at the front, and a wide diffuser at the rear.

New Recaro seats allow the driver’s position to be lowered up to 20 mm, while a new dual-sound exhaust valve system contributes to maximising engine performance.

Pricing for the standard Renault Megane RS starts at €41,995, with the new RS Trophy priced at €46,995 (6-speed manual), or €49,995 for the automatic transmission edition.

All new Renault cars (and vans) come with warranty protection, providing worry-free motoring for five years, or 200,000 kms as standard – one of the best warranty covers on the Irish market.