Renault has astonished the car community this week with news that its limited edition Megane RS Trophy-R will cost between £51,140 and £72,140.
You do get a track-focused, record-setting monster with lots of bespoke parts for that but, still…
After picking our jaws up off the floor, we got to thinking, if you don’t fancy spending that much on a hot hatch, what else could your £72k get you into?
Here, then, are 10 supercars you could have for Megane money.
2017 Porsche 911 991 Carrera
For less than the price of Renault’s top-of-the-range Megane you can have a brand-new Porsche Boxster or your pick of slightly older 911s. We were torn between this £70,000 entry-level 991 and an older 997 Turbo but the prospect of a two-year-old Porsche with less than 5,000 miles on the clock lured us away from the fire-breathing Turbo.
2014 Audi R8 V10 Spyder
Your Megane money would technically land you a Lamborghini but the newest one for less than £70k is 13 years old so instead we’ve gone for the Lambo’s equally fearsome cousin. Under the more sensible skin, the last-gen R8 shares the same four-wheel-drive platform and remarkable 512bhp 5.2-litre V10 as the Gallardo and with this £70,000 drop-top you can enjoy the full vocal range of that magnificent engine.
2014 Bentley Continental 6.0 W12 GT Speed
The lightweight, track-focused Megane could probably spank this British GT around a circuit but for bragging rights this £70,000 Bentley’s 626bhp, 6.0-litre W12 rather puts the Megane’s 1.6-litre four-pot in the shade. More of a luxurious continent-crushing tourer than a true supercar, nonetheless, this footballers’ favourite will hit 60mph in four seconds and reach 205mph.
2016 Tesla Model S P100D
Want to scare your passengers silly with your car’s acceleration but worried about the environmental impact of the Bentley’s W12? How about this four-door electric saloon that buzzes to 60mph in 2.5 seconds thanks to its Ludicrous Mode setting? At £71,250 it’s 90 quid less than the Megane and you’ll save even more than that in your first year of ownership thanks to the Tesla’s zero road tax band.
Lotus Evora 3.5 V6 400
If we’re talking track-focused road cars, we have to mention Lotus. The Norfolk-based firm are the masters of weight saving and chassis engineering and have produced a load of astonishing driving machines over the years, including the Evora. The previous owner of this one, which can be yours for £71,000, clearly thought its 395bhp wasn’t enough and had it tuned to 454bhp for even more giggles.
2018 Jaguar F-Type Convertible 5.0 Supercharged V8 R
Here is a proper sports car in the Jaguar tradition. Two seats, convertible roof and a whacking big engine up the front. Unlike Jags of old, this is a supercharged V8 and it’s driving all four wheels but it’s a heady mix for wind-in-your-hair driving thrills and, at £65,451 it’s only a couple of grand more expensive than the ‘mid-range’ Carbon Wheel version of the Megane.
2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT 4.0
A brand new AMG GT will set you back around £100,000 but settle for a three-year-old model and you could have this Magnetic Black example plus £5,000 change from the Megane Nurburgring Record Pack. Twice as many cylinders, one and half times the power and cabin that’s sumptuous rather than stripped back, which would you prefer?
2004 Aston Martin Vanquish 5.9
If it’s good enough for James Bond, it’s good enough for us. This 2+2 bruiser from Gaydon features a 5.9-litre V12 good for 460bhp and a five-second 0-60 time. While this particular one comes with a cream leather interior and full service history its £69,990 asking price sadly doesn’t include the rocket launchers or cloaking device that 007’s featured.
1999 Ferrari F355 3.5 Berlinetta
No list of supercars is complete without a Ferrari so here’s out choice. This 1999 F355 is venturing into classic car status now and you could have a more modern F360 for close to its £68,750 price but the F355 is far prettier than its bug-eyed successor and still features a 3.5-litre, V8 with a 0-60 time of just 4.5 seconds.
2019 BMW M5 Series M5 Saloon
Want supercar performance but need to ferry the family around? How about BMW’s latest M5? Its 4.4-litre turbocharged V8 produces 592bhp and will leave the Megane for dead in a straight line race, with a sub-3.5 second 0-62 time. Brand new, the M5 starts at nearly £90,000 but this months-old model slips in under our £72,000 limit at £69,995 and leaves you a little petrol money too.