South Africans will note the changed front end which forms part of the Mégane facelift and technical upgrades. The special edition will feature the Cup chassis with limited slip differential. However, as its name suggests, it now has an additional 10 horsepower (7.5kW) from 265 to 275hp(202kW). Torque remains the same at 360Nm as does the fuel consumption and CO2 figures of 7.5 litres/100km and 174g/km.
Power gains are aided by the inclusion of a titanium Akrapovič exhaust. These systems are world renowned for the performance and sound improvements provided to both bikes and cars. Famous suspension damper manufacturer, Öhlins have come to the party too and provided the Trophy with Road and Track dampers with steel springs.
Visually, the model gets new livery which includes Trophy branding on the silver F1-style silver blade, while the personalised body sides feature Trophy decals. Silver has also been selected for the chequered flag graphic at the bottom of the doors. There are also numbered door sill guards, which is further evidence of its exclusivity. Adding to the look of the cars are 19-inch black Speedline Turini wheels derived from those used by competition versions of the Mégane.
Inside boasts leather and Alcantara Recaro bucket seats with red stitching and Renaultsport badging on the headrests. Other interior highlights include visible red stitching for the Alcantara steering wheel trim and handbrake gaiter, as well as an alloy gear lever knob.
The new model will make its worldwide début in June 2014 and will be sold in 20 countries including South Africa. Local pricing and release date is still to be confirmed but if one converts the price in France (€38 000) it works out to R535 800.