Renault: What “Full Line” Means

Although Renault is making aggressive moves in the area of electric vehicles, a full-line manufacturer evidentially needs an array of products to satisfy its customers.

Although Renault is making aggressive moves in the area of electric vehicles, a full-line manufacturer evidentially needs an array of products to satisfy its customers. How else to explain the existence of the Mégane R.S. Trophy, a limited edition of the Mégane Renault Sport, which just set a speed record at the Nürburgring Nordscheife?

The car set a record for a production-specification front-wheel-drive car, making a lap on the course in 8 minutes, 08 seconds. This eclipses the mark set on June 23, 2008, by a Mégane R26.R, which was 8 min, 17 sec.

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The current car has 265-hp and a sport-tuned suspension, tuned by the engineers at Renault Sport.

Speaking of the record lap, Laurent Hurgon, Renault Sport development driver, stated, “The limited-slip differential allowed me to accelerate hard out of the countless turns without understeer. The carefully tuned Cup chassis, the dampers, the fade-resistant brakes, the Recaro seats, the power of the 195-kW engine, the ready availability of torque between 2,500 and 5,000 rpm, and the car’s Bridgestone RE 050A tries allowed me to make the most of the car’s enormous potential, especially into and out of the corners. It is this package which enabled me to post such a quick time round this circuit which you must always approach with a certain degree of humility.”

And evidentially, you can buy a car just like that in a Renault dealership near you. Or at least pretty much like that.