Last year, AutoExpress reported that Renault was beginning development of a new roadster that would directly compete with Mazda's unrivaled (in Europe) MX-5. Fast-forward to late last month when a story surfaced over at Autotriti that the French automaker was planning on unveiling something special in Frankfurt next month. Today, AutoExpress has confirmed that not only is Renault developing a roadster, but production is expected to begin in 2009.

This new model, which may draw cues from the Wind concept that debuted back in 2004 at the Geneva Motor Show (pictured), may or may not be equipped with a retractable hardtop, but it's expected that there will be a wide selection of engine choices that will range from the subdued to the sublime; the latter involving the Renaultsport Clio 197's rev-happy two-liter four-pot.

We'll be on hand next month to see if the rumors will be rendered in sheetmetal.

[Source: AutoExpress]