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Twingo-based coupe-convertible set to go on sale in the UK in June
Mark Tisshaw
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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.

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V6 4 February 2010

Re: Renault Wind revealed

If it has the folding roof like the Ferrari SuperAmerica, why the roof cover?

Anonymous 3 February 2010

Re: Renault Wind revealed

Mart_J wrote:
Not sure what the argument is here. It looks much more in the spirit of the Pluriel that the Mini Convertible which, quite frankly looks like it should be on rails at Alton Towers.

If you think the Pluriel is a better looking car than the Mini, I respect your opinion - however, you can get a Pluriel (with 4 seats) from just over £14,000 - £3,000 extra might not be a lot in your world, but it would certainly make me think twice.

Mart_J wrote:
I miss the Smart roadster, cute, sporty, urban and great fun and it looks like this might be getting back to that concept.

Totally agree, but again, this was pitched at the Daihatsu Copen, Ford StreetKa price range, not against the MX-5 et al.

Mart_J 3 February 2010

Re: Renault Wind revealed

Si70 wrote:

From £17,000 - that's for the 100bhp, 1.2, how much do they plan to charge for the 133bhp 1.6? I'm sure Autocar will being doing a head-to-head with the 207CC, Mini Convertible and MX-5, if only to demonstrate how out of its depth the Wind is. And surely it'll get renamed 'Breeze' or 'Flow' or something other than Wind before it arrives here.

Mind you, if VW want £16,000+ for a top spec Polo (http://www.autocar.co.uk/CarReviews/FirstDrives/Volkswagen-Polo-1.6-TDI-90-SEL/247130/), perhaps post-European scrappage schemes, maufacturers are thinking lower volumes, higher prices?

Not sure what the argument is here. It looks much more in the spirit of the Pluriel that the Mini Convertible which, quite frankly looks like it should be on rails at Alton Towers. I miss the Smart roadster, cute, sporty, urban and great fun and it looks like this might be getting back to that concept. As for a near 20k Polo that's another matter [16k is the base price , many of the options of its competitors will add at least £2k] . ps - live the Twingo door handles, this is what the Twingo should have been [in spirit].

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