Renault's hottest hatch ever generates more demand than initially planned.

On June 17th, 2011, RenaultSport pilot Laurent Hurgon took a Renault Mégane R.S. Trophy around the Nürburgring track in precisely 8'7"97, the fastest lap time ever recorded for a front-wheel drive car.

Renault was initially planning on producing 500 examples of the Mégane R.S. Trophy for public consumption. In response to the overwhelming demand, the French automaker has announced that they will double that number and build a total of 1,000 cars. Each one will be numbered and will wear a plaque on the dash.

The R.S. Trophy is the fastest and most powerful street-legal Mégane ever built. It uses the same 2.0 four-cylinder found in the standard R.S. but thanks to modifications such as a new air intake it gains an extra 15hp, pushing the power output to 265 horsepower, or 132.5 horsepower per liter. It hits 62mph from a stop in six seconds flat and goes on to a top speed of 157 mph. Renault claims that the Mégane hot rod still gets a respectable 19.5 miles per gallon in a mixed European cycle.

On the outside the Mégane R.S. Trophy is instantly recognizable thanks to Trophy stickers on the doors, a new spoiler and specific 19-inch rims with R.S. center caps. It comes in a model-specific metallic yellow (Jaune Sirius) but is also available in more low-key colors such as white (Blanc Glacier), black (Noir ?toilé) and gray (Gris Cassiopée).

Recaro seats come standard up front and are upholstered in either cloth or leather depending on which country the car is sold new in. Every R.S. Trophy will come with an R.S. Monitor, a screen on the dash that lets the driver time track runs and get real-time data about what is going on under the hood.

The Mégane R.S. Trophy starts at about $49,000 (35,500 euros) and is currently for sale in the UK, France Germany, Belgium, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Austria and Slovenia.

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