The top dogs over at Renault HQ are clearly cheesed off at the fact rival manufacturer Seat recently nicked the sub-eight minute Nurburgring lap record from them.

A powerful Seat Leon Cupra 280 took the title of world’s fastest front-wheel-drive car to lap the Nurburgring Nordschleife earlier this year, snatching the crown from the Renaultsport Megane Trophy by averaging an amazing 96.8mph around the tricky circuit.


The Seat Leon Cupra 280 currently holds the lap record of 7 minutes 97 seconds for a FWD car.

The DSG-equipped three-door SC model lapped the icon ‘Ring in just 7 minutes 97 seconds, beating the previous record by three seconds. But it seems the French manufacturer is poised to have another crack.

Renault released the above teaser image on its Facebook site, accompanied by the hashtag Under8. The picture shows the rear of the marque’s current Megane model sporting an Akrapovic exhaust.


The Seat Leon Cupra 280 averaged 98.6mph around the 'Ring when it broke the lap record.

A separate image sporting a number of sponsors, including Ohlins, Michelin and watchmaker B.R.M Chronographes, further alludes to the creation of a performance machine destined to smash the record.

Autocar suggests that the highly tuned Megane will go on sale in limited numbers following the record attempt, which is great news for hot hatch fanatics.

Based on the current platform, the spicy version could be seen as a swansong for the model, which is due to be replaced in 2015. If it’s anywhere near as good as R26R version of it predecessor, it could be very special indeed.

Leon Poultney


April 28, 2014