Since 1982, the year that the magazine’s editorial team first organised this competition, a Renault sports model has received the highest accolade 7 times, and on three of those occasions, in 2007, 2008 and 2014, it was the Mégane R.S. that won pole position.
Seven competing vehicles were tested by journalists from the magazine and by 2 rally drivers over almost 2,000 kilometres, on very demanding roads in the Vercors and Ardèche regions of France, including several special stages from the Monte-Carlo Rally.
The title of Sports Car of the Year was awarded by a jury of readers of the magazine, who cast more than 4250 votes, rally drivers, and journalists from Echappement’s editorial team.
Mégane R.S. Trophy-R got most votes from each of the 3 types of voter, finishing in front of the Ford Focus ST Pack and the Toyota Supra GR, which also appeared on the podium following this year’s vote.
This victory is the reward for the dedication of the team at Renault Sport Cars.
Patrice Ratti, Managing Director at Renault Sport Cars says:
We are really proud at Renault Sport of the fact that Echappement has chosen the Mégane R.S. Trophy-R as sports car of the year; this project has been carried out as if it had been a racing car project, calling on all of the skills of our engineers to produce an exceptional vehicle, and one which has already almost sold out.
As the holder of the lap record for front-wheel drive models at the Nürburgring (Germany) and Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium) circuits, Mégane R.S. Trophy-R has shown its worth, both in its performance level against the clock and in the buzz that it has generated in the international press and among the community sports cars fans.
Meet the New Mégane R.S. Trophy-R at https://www.renaultsport.com/-megane-rs-trophy-r-300-2019-.html