• Feb 2, 2010
Renault Wind roadster - Click above for high-res image gallery

Renault has just released information on its diminutive new roadster dubbed "Wind," a car they will debut at next month's Geneva Motor Show. At just 150.7 inches long, the Wind is just about five inches longer than a Mini Cooper. In keeping with the current fashion for hardtop convertibles, the wind doesn't use fabric for the lid. Because of its small size, the complex mechanized lids found on cars like the Volkswagen Eos or even the larger Renault Megane simply wouldn't be practical.

Instead, the roof panel of the Wind simply flips over 180 degrees to stow under its rear deck. If this sounds familiar, think back about five years ago to the Ferrari 575M Superamerica, which used an almost identical system, albeit with an electrochromatic panel called "Revcromico." Renault hasn't released any details about the mechanicals or when the Wind will be available. Hopefully, we'll find out at the show. In the meantime check out the pop-top's video after the jump.



[Source: Renault]


PRESS RELEASE

RENAULT WIND: A BREATH OF FRESH AIR IN THE ROADSTER MARKET

World première: at the Geneva Motor Show on March 2, 2010, Renault will unveil its brand-new coupé-roadster – Renault Wind.

Renault Wind is a two-seater coupé-roadster of 3.83 metres in length which features a highly innovative way of opening up. With its novel electric roof that pivots open in just 12 seconds, Renault Wind brings a completely different take on a car for drivers who enjoy wind-in-the-hair motoring. Renault Wind is aimed at motorists who lust after a car that is not only distinctive and compact, but also convertible yet practical enough for everyday use.

Although Wind's compact dimensions make it a nimble machine in and about town, it is the only car of its class to provide just as much luggage space (270dm3 VDA) whatever the position of the roof.

True to Renault's brand signature "Drive the Change", Wind makes passion affordable for everyone.

Renault Wind will be unveiled at a press conference on the Renault stand at the Geneva Motor Show at 4:15pm on March 2.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      This is gonna be a nice girl-car like Ford StreetKa was!
      • 4 Years Ago
      If Nissan isn't putting the final plans together for bringing this here, someone deserves a beating. Or at least some serious public humiliation.

      Seriously, how could this not be a massive success here? It's brilliant.
      • 4 Years Ago
      that is too cute ~
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey, the proportions look just like the Nissan Urge concept car... that can't be a coincidence.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cute and simple design, a new delsol, nice. put a real engine in it and a nissan badge, keep it below 2800lbs and sell it here.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree mostly.
        I think the old del sol had a better roof system though.
        Not automatic (in the states) but that means less to go wrong and also it had brilliant storage which still left the trunk usable.
        I would like to see more about the roof/trunk/stowage situation here.
        It looks like it will take up most of the trunk space when down.
        Also, the rear windshield looks curved on top from that one angle and so like it won't go down at all - as opposed to the fun del sol slide down rear windshield.
        I really like the front styling - not so much the back.
        Overall I would love a new generation del sol type care too...
        But this almost looks like a couple steps back in usability.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I love it! I'd kill for one of these.
        I know people hate on the Del Sol.. but those cars were fantastic, i miss mine ...
        • 4 Years Ago
        I like my Del Sol, but would so much like an updated replacement. I have hopes for the Ford Focus Cabriolet, but this could be fun. Too bad it will probably be overpriced for my purchase and for repairs.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Given the dearth of inexpensive fun cars today, I've a feeling this would be a HUGE hit here. And not just among the enthusiasts. Every single girl (and single girl at heart) would fall all over themselves for this. Well done, I say.

        Personally, I think soft-top's are just too difficult to use as daily drivers now. We all have too much portable technology in our cars waiting to be ripped off. The added security and comfort of a hard top is becoming necessary. Getting one in a car this small? Brilliant.
        • 4 Years Ago
        the headlight looks similar to Ferrari California IMO. The overall design is cute, and enjoyable.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It looks fun and zippy. I want.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Right except for the bit about Datsun. No, Renault makes fun cars. Datsun doesn't.
      • 4 Years Ago
      good idea - stupid video though.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Super cool. Looks agile and cute without being too girly.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is a pleasant surprise, a Renault that looks good (aside from the Clio). Wonder if that means there's going to be an eventual Nissan version?
        • 4 Years Ago
        How about the Laguna Coupe and Twingo and Megane, especially in RS trim? Those are cool looking cars.
        • 4 Years Ago
        To me they looked good in pictures. But when I saw them at the dealer, I was a little underwhelmed. And I haven't warmed up to them as I did with the Panamera. Funny how that is. But don't get me wrong, I really like the looks of the Wind, not so much the other Renaults.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A couple of these would make a nice pair of skates.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Awww, I want to take it home in the palm of my hand and eat it up in little bites.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It really does evoke the del Sol. As a former del Sol owner, this makes me happy. :-)
      • 4 Years Ago
      cool little car, would love to buy my daughter one.
      she could have fun with the convert and I could sleep knowing that there was that chunky roll bar thingy.
      + she could park it anywhere.
      looks great, cool little car......heck, I would even have fun driving this little thing around.
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