French motor sport magazine Echappement has singled out the Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R as the winner of its much-coveted Sportive de l’Année (Sports Model of the Year) award for 2014.
With seven vehicles picking up the accolade to date, Renault is the carmaker which has won the highest number of ‘Sports Model of the Year’ trophies since Echappement introduced the award in 1982.
The Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R was named ‘Sports Model of the Year 2014’ by a panel of Echappement journalists, drivers and readers. The purpose of the award is to highlight the car with the best sporting credentials.
The Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R demonstrated its outstanding track abilities to the panel of motoring professionals and enthusiasts, together with its versatility in everyday driving situations.
The award is a source of pride for the entire company, as commented Patrice Ratti, Managing Director of Renault Sport Technologies: “All the employees of Renault Sport Technologies are extremely happy and proud to have won the ‘Sports Model of the Year 2014’ award. We feel all the more proud because the Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R was chosen from among 10 prestigious sports models for both its performance and its radical spirit.”
The Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R is an ultra-limited edition model and just 250 cars will be produced. It features motorsport-inspired styling and equipment.
It has notched up a series of records and lapped Germany’s celebrated Nürburgring in May 2014 in a time of 7m 54s. Just a few days ago, the Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R – the sportiest Mégane ever produced – produced a lap at Suzuka, Japan, which rivalled that of the fastest GT models.
The Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R is manufactured at Renault’s plant in Palencia, Spain and went on sale in summer 2014 in around 15 countries.
Renault cars voted ‘Sports Model of the Year’ by Echappement:
1985: Renault 5 GT Turbo
1991: Clio 16S
1996: Spider Renault Sport
2000: Clio R.S.
2007: Mégane R.S. F1 Team R26
2008: Mégane R.S. F1 Team R26.R
2014: Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R
‘Sports Model of the Year 2014’ – final classification:
1. MÉGANE R.S. 275 TROPHY-R
2. Alpha Romeo 4C
3. Seat Leon Cupra 280 Pack Performance
4. Audi S1
5. Porsche Cayman GTS
6. Peugeot RCZ R
7. BMW M4
8. BMW M235i
9. Subaru WRX STI S
10. Mini Cooper S
The ‘Sports Model of the Year’ award is the cover feature of issue number 568 of Echappement. It will go on sale on November 22 and will be available at www.echappement.com.