Renault Megane Trophy R’s RECORD is broken by the new Audi RS3 Sedan

Five seconds faster than the Renault Mégane RS Trophy-R!

Very impressive, that record from Renault. Yes, the Mégane RS Trophy-R is no longer the fastest car on the Nürburgring in the compact class, but it took a four-wheel drive car with 100 horsepower more to squeeze five seconds off the time. And that on a track of more than 20 kilometers. Driver Frank Stippler went around the Nordschleife in 7 minutes 40.748 seconds in the Audi RS3 Limousine. That’s almost as fast as the Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT, which was over one second faster.

The Audi RS3 Limousine was completely standard, except for an adjustment of the tire pressure. And that makes Audi’s record even more impressive, because the Mégane RS Trophy-R is almost a thoroughbred race car from which 130 kilograms of weight have been removed. You can even order carbon fiber wheels for the Trophy-R. “The meticulous tuning of, among other things, the tire pressure is very important, because it also influences the functioning of the torque splitter,” says Stippler.


It is important to know that the RS 3 in question had all the sporty options, for example the Pirelli P Zero Trofeo R tires and the optional RS sports suspension. By now you know the specifications, but just one more time just to be sure. The five-cylinder in the Audi RS 3 Limousine produces 400 hp and 500 Nm.

The 0-100 time is 3.8 seconds and with the right options the top speed is 290 km/h. The Sportback version performs the same. How fast this hatchback would go around the Nordschleife is unknown.

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