• Aug 3, 2007
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]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Nice shoe!
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's not really a Miata competitor unless it's RWD, but from the profile of this rendering it looks RWD. Their Nissan subsidiary better bring this over.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's....cute.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Before people start slamming the design, remember that the picture is of 2004's Wind concept. The car that MAY be shown at Frankfurt "may draw cues from the Wind concept". Keep in mind that Renault's design language has evolved quite a bit over the past three years.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Bring it to the states.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I wouldn't.

      at least it makes the MX-5 look more manly
      • 7 Years Ago
      I would buy that.
      • 7 Years Ago
      They would blow it by putting on a retractable roof. The (Miata) MX 5is attracting customers that have no desire for bells & whistles.
      ToMiTa
      • 7 Years Ago
      The design?? Nice but, too "girly". Needs a shot of "macho".
      • 7 Years Ago
      i really like this, roadsters are very nice, i think volvo really needs a roadster vehicle, that would be really neat if they do and give it the new T6 engine
      • 7 Years Ago
      More importantly, if Renault are making a new small, RWD platform, the Nissan Silvia could come back :O And be even more lightweight this time to further differentiate it from the Z. Or maybe it'll end up being that URGE thing or something, not that that's a bad car, but it's just not the same.