Renault's compact WIND is a combination coupe and roadster

Renault's compact WIND is a combination coupe and roadster
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Renault took the wraps off a ripping pocket rocket at the Geneva Motor Show - just 3.83 meters long, the WIND transforms from coupé to roadster in 12 seconds, offering a sports car that’s practical enough for everyday use as it has a generous 270 dm3 VDA of boot space that is unaffected by the position of the roof. The Renault Wind will go on sale in Europe this summer with a choice of a 133 horsepower 16-valve 1.6 liter or a 100-horsepower 1.2-liter turbocharged engine. As an innovative, compact (3.83m) and practical coupé-roadster that’s tailor-made for user-friendly service, 365 days a year, Renault Wind brings fresh and original thinking to the convertible landscape.

Its low-set driving position and upright steering wheel positively urge you to fire up the engine and drive. Securely planted on its 17-inch wheels and with its high-waisted flanks, Renault Wind’s muscular and sporty silhouette is a powerful invitation to devour those twisty roads with the wind in your hair.

Distinctive headlights up front and the boomerang shape of the rear lights give it a unique lighting signature. Inside, everything in the cockpit is focused on the job of driving. The instruments are recessed in metallic tunnels and circled with a touch of chrome, and the driver slips into a bucket seat, complete with built-in head rest and substantial side bolstering. Renault Wind has the advantage of a platform that has been engineered by Renault Sport Technologies to provide outstanding steering precision and thrilling responses for the driver. Renault Wind is available with a choice of two engines.

The first is a 1.6 16V producing 133hp (98kW) at 6,750rpm and torque of 160Nm at 4,400rpm. Its telltale, fiery pitch is a result of the special acoustic tuning techniques applied by the engine specialists to the exhaust system. Particular attention was focused on the four-into-one exhaust manifold to achieve the optimum trade-off between acoustic quality, emission control and performance.

The optional frugal donk is a smooth and responsive 100-horsepower 1.2-litre turbocharged engine with exceptionally economical and flexible (152Nm of torque at 3,500rpm) delivery. With this powerplant, Renault Wind is just as much in its element in city traffic as it is on a long motorway haul, With its integral rollover hoop, rigid roof panel and high waistline, Renault Wind is reassuring and safe, with a level of protection that’s among the very best in the convertible segment. Renault Wind has generously-sized tyres (195/45 R16 or 205/40 R17) fitted to aluminum alloy wheels which house 280mm-diameter discs at the front and 240mm discs at the rear for powerful, fade-free braking performance. Renault Wind needs just 12 seconds to open or close its roof, effortlessly. That’s twice as fast as the norm for its class. Its secret lies in inventive but simple kinematics that use very few moving parts. By cleverly stowing the roof panel below the boot lid, the purity of the exterior design can be maintained and the amount of useful boot space is unchanged, whether the roof is up or down. A boot cover protects the roof from dust and water when in the open position. With a generous and easily accessible 270 dm3 VDA of boot space that stays the same whether the top is up or down, Renault Wind allows you to set off on holiday with all your luggage, confident that you can open the roof at will.

The boot opens with no more effort than would be needed for a conventional saloon or hatchback, a gas strut providing the necessary assistance.

Customers can enhance the exterior of their Renault Wind with a range of styling options including a rear diffuser with twin tailpipes, front foglamp backing plates, chrome exterior mirror housings and a chrome finish for the bumps at the rear. Wind's interior ambience can be personalized, too, thanks to a range of different instrument housing designs and door pulls, plus an alternative gear lever knob or pedal set.

A range of five body colours is available: Majorelle Blue, Pearlescent Black, Glacier White, Altica Grey and Dyna Red. Renault Wind has a level of standard and optional equipment worthy of a premium-class model. Standard equipment:

  • Remote central locking
  • Cruise control with speed limiter
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors
  • One-touch electric windows
  • Climate control
  • Foglamps
  • 2x20W radio-CD with MP3 playback, steering wheel-mounted fingertip remote control and RCA (mini-jack) connectivity
  • Front airbags and head/thorax lateral airbags
  • Height-adjustable sports seats with integrated head rests
  • Height-adjustable leather-trimmed steering wheel
  • Trip computer
  • 16-inch wheels
  • Options:

    • Automatic climate control
    • Plug&Music; connectivity (USB, mini-jack, audio streaming)
    • Dark charcoal or Camel leather upholstery with heated seats
    • Automatic headlamp and windscreen wiper activation
    • 2x35W radio-CD with MP3 playback, incorporating Bluetooth® connectivity (audio and phone)
    • ESC (standard with the 1.6 16V engine)
    • 17-inch diamond-effect wheels
    • High-gloss black roof
    • Rear parking proximity sensors
    • A range of personalization options
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kewt ... like the way the roof and boot tuck away ... the smaller 1.2l engine with turbo may not be that much more of a gas saver than the 1.6l without the turbo ... bet it\'s a rocket either way ... rear-end looks like they\'re working with mitsubishi i (eye) design elements ... this may mean another renault ev release if a good portion of the buying public goes electric ... that is if the usa crime syndicate hasn\'t freakin\' bankrupted the entire world economy for a couple decades already ...
James Womack
Finally, a replacement for my aging Honda del Sol! Now if only we could have cool cars like this in the States.