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Cars Autocar Heroes: Renault's Nurburgring specials - the world's best hot hatchbacks?

17:35  13 february  2020
17:35  13 february  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Guinness World Records was reported to require a minimum of 30[20] and other lists within Wikipedia require at least 25 road legal cars built. The Nürburgring is a public (toll-) road, and regulations of Germany and the EU apply.

We take a look at the 5 fastest hot hatchbacks that take the top spot around the Nurburgring , including the Honda Civic Type R and the Ford Focus The Nürburgring is the proving ground for most serious sports cars , and for enthusiasts who don’t have all the money in the world , hot hatchbacks

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If you want to go fast around the Nurburgring Nordschleife in a front-wheel drive production car, the Renault Megane RS is your answer.

The Renault Sport Megane R26R was the first to do it. This 227bhp stripped-out hatchback was some 123kg lighter than a regular Megane R26 RS, capable of 0-62mph in just 5.7 seconds and set a then-record Nordschleife lap time of 8m17s.

Then came the Megane 275 Trophy R. It did a similar thing again: with no more power (271bhp) than the Renault Sport Megane Trophy that spawned it, it could go from 0-60mph in just 5.4 seconds and lap the Nurburgring in 7m54s at the hands of Lauren Hurgon, Renault's chief test driver.

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It’ s a trend forced upon hot hatchbacks by the demands of the current era but so, too, will be the pursuit of lightweight design, the single most effective way of both lowering emissions and Get all the best car news, reviews and opinion direct to your inbox. Subscribe to the Autocar newsletter now.

And now there's this: the very latest 2020 Renault Megane RS 300 Trophy R, which again loses its rear seats and very many kilos, gains a lot in price, and laps the Nuburgring in just 7m40s.

Now, in one of our series of Autocar Heroes videos, we've brought the three of them together, to see just how exceptional they are on the road. Are these stripped out hatchbacks among the best ever made? And if they are, which is the best of them? Join Matt Prior for the Autocar reckoning.

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Renault sells Chinese joint venture stake, halts most car sales .
French firm withdraws from Dongfeng joint venture, will focus on EVs and light commercial vehicles in ChinaThe French carmaker will transfer its 50% stake in the joint venture, called Dongfeng Renault Automotive Company, to the native Chinese brand.  All “Renault brand-related activities” will be halted across China, although electric Renault cars and light commercial vehicles will continue to be sold under existing joint ventures with Brilliance Jinbei Automotive Co., eGT and the Jiangxi Jiangling group.

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