Twingo-based coupe-convertible set to go on sale in the UK in June
15 February 2010

This is the Renault Wind, a two-seat coupé-convertible that will go head to head with the Peugeot 207CC when UK sales start in June.

The Wind, which will be launched at the Geneva motor show next month, shares its platform and much of its front-end styling with the Twingo. Renault is keen to differentiate the two models, however, and will offer the Wind with its own unique interior featuring components borrowed from models higher up the Renault range.

See the official Renault Wind pics

Unlike most retractable hard-top roofs, which use a hinge system, the Wind’s set-up uses a central pivot, a technique inspired by the Ferrari 575 Superamerica. This ensures that the Wind’s boot space remains at 270 litres regardless of whether the roof is up or down. That figure is 40 litres more than the standard Twingo hatchback’s.

At the Wind’s launch, the car will be offered with two of the Twingo’s petrol engines: the 133bhp 1.6-litre unit from the Renaultsport model and the Twingo GT’s 100bhp 1.2-litre engine. The latter will be the entry-level unit.

Despite having the Twingo’s most powerful engine, Renault is pitching the Wind as a sports model and not a sports car. No Renaultsport or Gordini Wind variants are planned, but they could follow in the future.

The Wind is a little larger than the Twingo, too; its 3830mm overall length makes it 230mm longer.

Full details of the Wind will be confirmed at the Geneva motor show, where it will be displayed alongside Renault’s other new coupé-cabriolet, the Mégane. It will be priced to compete head on with the 207CC, from around £17,000.

Mark Tisshaw

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2 February 2010

YUK !

2 February 2010

Oh wow, another metal roof on a convertable, I mean, just how many hairdressers are there?

2 February 2010

This or a 207/308 crappy cabriolet?

It has to be this for me.

Where has all Japanese design went to?

2 February 2010

In profile this reminds me of the Midas kit car of the mid 80's. I like it, but remember this is a car built on the previous Clio platform and selling for £17k!!!

£12k and more basic would have worked for me, I couldn't choose this over a rear drive MX-5.

2 February 2010

loving the amount of rear view visibility! lets hope those that buy them are handy at driving a van to!!

2 February 2010

[quote JontyB]loving the amount of rear view visibility! lets hope those that buy them are handy at driving a van to!![/quote] I drive a van, so I'm sure I could handle this! lol I like it, but as someone says, it would need to be very good to make me choose one over an MX5. Should ideally have been about 13k, or maybe even less

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10 years of Smart ownership over, sensible car mode activated

2 February 2010

Hairdressers aren't blind, though. It's hideous! Not for the first time in recent years I'm thinking it might be time to let M. Le Quement slip into retirement.

2 February 2010

Not sure about the name. It could be awkward telling people you've got Wind.

Otherwise, it looks like a Twingo pick-up with touches of the Elise around the rear and a Ferrari roof.

2 February 2010

As has been said before, surely the pricing is wrong. At 17K it is clearly too much. It should be less than both the 207 (which is bigger) and the MX5 (which is better). Infact without making another rear drive cabriolet i have no idea why anyone bothers to enter the affordable cabriolet market. For 20 years the MX5 has been the sensible, and the fun choice.

But even if this were 13k, i would still take an MGTF over this so i think it should be 11K to compete with the Fiat 500 (surely the 500 and the Twingo are natural competitors)

2 February 2010

@ Autocar - "Renault is pitching the Wind as a sports model and not a sports car"

Eh??

Loving the over-the-shoulder visibility...


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