The Renault Megane RS Trophy-R, the most popular of Meganes, thrills like an excellent Megane ought to There are some pure driver’s vehicles that producers simply at all times get proper: I’m notably pondering GT Porsches, mid-engined Ferrari specials and excessive Renault Méganes.That is the newest of the Renaults, which is lately known as the Renault Mégane RS Trophy-R. And I’m completely happy to report the identical applies. Sigh. Time for an additional rejig of the ‘prime 10 greatest front-wheel-drive vehicles of all time’ checklist.It is a nice automobile. As common, Renault has chased a selected German lap time and, as common, discovered it (in 7min 40.1sec), so it’s the quickest front-wheel-drive manufacturing automobile on the Nürburgring. Nevertheless it’s the way in which the Trophy-R delivers its velocity moderately than the velocity itself that makes it so compelling.There’s much less weight, to the tune of 130kg, by numerous means, from thinning the rear door glass (-1kg), eradicating rear seats (-25kg) and altering the entrance seats (-14kg), to becoming a carbonfibre bonnet (-8kg), titanium exhaust (-7kg) a smaller touchscreen (-250g) and omitting the rear wiper (-3kg). However the greatest ‘go away’, which makes the largest distinction each to the automobile’s power-to-weight ratio and, I think, to the way in which the automobile handles, is the absence of the lively rear-steer system you’ll discover on lesser RS Méganes and which has troubled the boldness of some testers, me included. Mixed with a lighter rear torsion beam it saves virtually 40kg, so the kerb weight is 1306kg. No rear-steer units up the Trophy-R with much less high-speed stability than the common RS Mégane, however far more chuckability and, crucially, consistency of response. The remainder of the intoxication is offered by the load discount, adoption of adjustable Ohlins dual-flow valve dampers and light-weight springs, elevated entrance camber, just about no aerodynamic carry through an even bigger diffuser and tiny entrance splitter, and a trip top that the shopper can decrease by up 16mm entrance and rear.