You know, we can live without the Laguna and the Scenic. We really can. But when it comes down to the hot hatches, well... we kinda wish we could get out driving gloves on some Renault models on this side of the Atlantic. Certain models in specific, like the Megane 265 Trophy.

Renaultsport's top-of-the-line model holds the record for the quickest lap time of any front-driver around the Nürburgring. But while the hardcore R26.R that preceded it was a little rough-and-tumble, the new 265 Trophy is a properly sorted an everyday driver as it is a blistering performer. That's what the crew over at Fifth Gear found when they took the bruiser out for a spin. Follow the jump to watch their review.



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      Nick Allain
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cool car. I even like the design. I actually think americans would buy this thing. Unfortunately, I think it would take some serious ruining to make it street legal here.
      Tuga
      • 3 Years Ago
      Glorious car.
      breakfastburrito
      • 3 Years Ago
      The U.S. is finally getting hot hatches, but still we lack choice, due to elitist cretins who continue to trashtalk them. If you want an M3, Cayman, or proper track car - go buy one! Actively pursuing less freedom of choice, is ignorant and illogical.
      Shiftright
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's a sexy hatch, especially in metallic yellow. Do want..
      • 3 Years Ago
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        PheelACCD
        • 3 Years Ago
        Well they're not bringing their cars here, so why are you upset? About performance on track, let's check Nürburgring times: Renault Megane RS Trophy 8:07.97, Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VII 8:25, Nissan 350Z 8:26, Ford Focus RS 8:26, Mazda MAZDASPEED3 : 8:39 .... no other comparable car did better.
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        Would kill this on the track? You're kidding right? So I guess that means the 8 minutes and 7 seconds run around the Nurburgring is slower than the WRX, MazdaSpeed3, and RalliArt Lancer? Because out of just 2 of those, it has already beat the STI and Evo around the Nurburgring. It's not only the fastest FWD car on the Nurburgring, but the fastest sport compact.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Oh wonderful, Acid is talking about an Evo and then talks about his Evo... Acid, if you're trying to prove me wrong, you have failed. The Renault Megane RS 265 Trophy is still the fastest production sport compact around the Nurburgring. It ran an 8:07. Don't EVEN talk about the STI Spec C, because that has already been proven to be modified, which takes away from it being production. Same goes for the AMS Evo. Neither of those laps are official. Goes to show that your theory of AWD went straight down the drain.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Oh, by the way, you have just shown how much you can overpraise the Evo. The Nurburgring video of the Evo IX is done on a closed track. There's no other cars around. Watch the video.
        AldenBiesen
        • 3 Years Ago
        there you go again... anti-europeanism at its finest.
        torqued
        • 3 Years Ago
        Lucky for you, ricer, it's not coming here. Hooray for fewer choices!
        aatbloke1967
        • 3 Years Ago
        Columbianricer - do you have anything actually interesting or productive to say? Instead, you copy and paste the same meaningless, puerile crap.
      Myself
      • 3 Years Ago
      A) it's not the hottest hatch in Europe B) as a car, it's a piece of crap - unreliable and poorly made I once spent 400 km on a passanger's seat... The bonnet's been flipping at any speed above 80 km/h as if made out of thin paper and placed there by an uninterested Algerian immigrant. The ride was pathetic, even the all-average GTI drives better. Focus and Japanese offerings are in different galaxy. It's just a Renault, nothing more.
        PheelACCD
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Myself
        Clearly you know much better than a Fifth Gear expert... BTW, your stab at immigrants is pathetic. I'm gonna guess you're British and upset they didn't pick a car from another country.
        Dayv
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Myself
        "placed there by an uninterested Algerian immigrant. " Mmm, the sweet, sweet taste of casual racism.
        Tuga
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Myself
        What Japanese offerings? The twice as expensive WRX and EVO or the discontinued, heavier and much less powerfull Civic Type R? Oh, and by that logic, the Focus is just a Ford. And a pretty average Ford at that, if we're talking about the new one.
          lesanepcr0oks
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Tuga
          twice as expensive as this 28,000BPS renault? I doubt that
      Bloomsbury
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just search on the internet for Renault forums and all the people complaining about them. They're good cars to own under warranty, but very risky beyond that. Even under warranty, they can still be heartbreaking if you get a lemon. Renault really need someone else to make their engines or at least manage their quality control.
        AndyMidd
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Bloomsbury
        Maybe applies to Renault 5+ years ago. Things have got better of late. They even offer a 4 year warranty now.
      KAG
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nissan should just rebadge the car as a Sentra and give it to us in the USA.
      Matrix
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cancel the juke and bring this under the nissan brand.
        Lachmund
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Matrix
        ans still noone will buy it since it's no suv, no matter what people say here.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Lachmund
          You should probably get it out of your head that the US is SUV hungry. The new Focus, Fiesta, Mazda2, and other sub-compacts are outselling SUVs at the moment.
      Mchicha
      • 3 Years Ago
      cobalt SS 8:22.85 Megan Trophy: 8:07.97 Cobalt SS did it 5 years ago. Chevrolet should join this war
        AcidTonic
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mchicha
        Evo IX did in 8:11 in the rain on a day with track speed limits and other drivers. With work the AMS Evo runs it in ~7:40 The only thing impressive is the price. It's way cheaper than an Evo but only fast in dry conditions.
          Elmo
          • 3 Years Ago
          @AcidTonic
          You're an idiot that likes to overpraise the hell out of the Evo.
          Georg
          • 3 Years Ago
          @AcidTonic
          the 8:11min was driven by a best motoring race driver and the Evo IX was a pre production not stock testmule on non optional DOT legal competition tires (not sold as a factory option.. Yokohama Advan A048)...clearly claimed at the beginn of the best motoring report!!! The track was 95% dry with some damp spots at beginn and a road construction were he did NOT slow done.. if you want to see a rain lap seek for autocar Hans Stuck driving a Scirocco around the Ring making a other race driver wet panties..
      POV
      • 3 Years Ago
      Damn, I was hoping Vicki would do this segment. :P
      Gorgenapper
      • 3 Years Ago
      I confess not knowing much about this hot hatch. Looking at the specs tells me this: 261hp, 266lb/tq, 3050-ish lbs curb weight. Would this be quite similar to a Gen 2 MS3 in performance? (something tells me it's better)
        Georg
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Gorgenapper
        this thing drives circles around the MS3 ...they have similar straight line performance but the moment there is a brake zone and a turn this thing will fly out of sight pretty quick.. the MS3 is the Mazda version of the last generation world Focus (the one not sold in the USA) ..both share the same chassie (Ford C1) susspension etc.. the Megane had no problem to beat the 305hp Focus RS..so a 260hp version on this chassie is even more a victim
          Gorgenapper
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Georg
          Man....and we don't even get it here. Typical. Thanks for the info.
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