Very impressive, that record of 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 and 40.748 seconds in the Audi RS 3 Limousine. That’s almost as fast as the Porsche Cayenne Turbo GT, which was over one second faster.
The Audi RS 3 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 of great importance, because it also influences the operation of the torque splitter‘ says Stippler.
Specifications Audi RS 3 Limousine
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.