2019 Renault Mégane RS Trophy revealed with 296 horsepower

Renault’s RS version of its Golf-rivaling Mégane hatchback is already one of the fastest front-wheel-drive cars in production, but a more hardcore version with extra power and fewer pounds has been revealed.

The car is the Mégane RS Trophy, and it comes with a 1.8-liter turbocharged inline-4 good for 296 horsepower and 310 pound-feet (295 with manual transmission) of torque. In comparison, the regular Mégane RS makes do with 275 hp and 287 lb-ft from the same engine.

The improvement is mainly due to the addition of a new turbocharger with ceramic ball bearings to enhance response and efficiency. Also helping is a less restrictive, adjustable exhaust. Thanks to a valve system, the exhaust becomes louder when the vehicle’s driving modes selector is in its more performance-oriented settings.