Prices for the new Renault Megane Trophy R have been released and it is possible to spec the car up to an eye watering £72,140.
Whilst this does buy you some exclusive parts from the worlds top aftermarket and performance manufactures; à la Öhlins and Akrapovič, along with carbon wheels and carbon ceramic brakes – it also comes with the titles of fastest FWD car around both the Nürburgring and Spa, with a mighty 7min40.10sec and 2min48.338sec respectively.
This is all mightily impressive, but over £70k on a FWD hatchback does make you wince just a little.
Whilst residuals (the word of the last few years) are sure to stay strong with only 32 coming to the UK, with even less estimated to wear the full ’turnt up to 11’ £70k spec, you can be sure these will be a rare and celebrated sight on British roads.
Like most, we are aware that at this price point, there is some very, very serious competition out there, namely from Porsche, Lotus, Ferrari and even McLaren. The person spending £70k on their Megane Trophy R is likely to already have a few of these in the garage already, so it’s unlikely to be car bought by someone having saved their hard earned for many years, just for this moment.
The Megane Trophy R is a car that will be added to a collection. A car that can be taken to the track, given absolute hell and returned home. It’s a car for bragging rights, a car for fun, a car that will put a huge smile on your face. Most of all, it’s a car that’s sure to make you want to drive it again and again and again, learning more, pushing harder, finding that optimum setting of spring rate, ride height and geometry; nailing those apex’s and delicately controlling that lift-off oversteer.
It’s a sense of achievement and pure driving pleasure – and who can put a price on that?
If, however you are in the market for a track focussed weapon that also gives you the thrills at 6 tenths on the road, take a look at our £72k alternative options currently for sale.
£72k alternative options
1. Lotus Exige Sport 350 – Hexagon Classics
2. Porsche 997 GT3 – MS Supercars
3. Ferrari F430 – DK Engineering
4. Ferrari F430 – Uber GT
5. Porsche Cayman GT4 – Porsche Centre Bolton
6. McLaren MP4-12C – T.H.Boler