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2011 Renault Wind – Click above for high-res image gallery

Renault debuted its all new Wind coupe-convertible at the Geneva Motor Show in March, and now that summer is here, it's time for it to hit the streets. At just over 12.5 feet long, the Wind's closest competitor is likely to be the upcoming Mini Roadster and Coupe. Like so many other European automakers, Renault has gone with a hardtop, but not the type of complex, folding multi-piece unit found on so many others. Similar to the late Ferrari 575 SuperAmerica, the roof panel simply rotates back 180 degrees and stows flat under the rear deck.

The relatively simple top design allows the Wind to retain 9.5 cubic feet of trunk space, even with the top down. The only real downside is the huge sail panels that mean over-the-shoulder visibility looks to be all but non-existent.

The front wheels are spun by a choice of inline-four cylinder engines. The TCe 100 is a 1.15-liter turbocharged unit that delivers 100 horsepower and 112 pound-feet of torque while the 1.6-liter normally aspirated mill cranks out 133 hp and 118 lb-ft. The two powerplants (if that isn't too strong a word in this case) deliver 37.3 and 33.6 miles per gallon (U.S.) respectively. With a mass under 2,500 pounds this could be a fun little machine regardless of the output.



[Source: Renault]


2011 Renault Wind


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      • 5 Years Ago
      what an ugly car! >:(
      • 5 Years Ago
      Its too small and dorky, i loved my del so and miss that car, had a ton of room in the trunk and took it on many road trips. kinda wish they would have brought over the trans top optoin that japan had, it was all motorized and grabbed the targa and stowed with a push of a button the roof vid of the reanult resembles alot of the ferarri calif. and im glad somebody copied that kewl idea !!!!

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ETyXNklWqwc
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like it but it's too damn tall.. big fan of the del sol myself.. so much that i want one even if people think i'm gay for driving one, lol.
        • 5 Years Ago
        LOL!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm guessing people think you are gay for many more reasons.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And here's another one who wishes others would question his orientation... heh.

        How ... *manly* of you to comment so, Mister Manly-Man.
        • 5 Years Ago
        ^--- grow up dude
      • 5 Years Ago
      The doors are too high and the top of the windshield is too far back... I like that I can hang my elbow over the door *** and get a great panoramic view of the elements during relaxed cruising in my MX5. The Renault Wind isn't going to have as much of an open feeling. Of course, it doesn't matter anyway since it's WWD.

      (*** to be fair, the newer MX5 also have higher doors than my '99, but they're not shoulder height like the Wind's are)
      • 5 Years Ago
      Pretty sure you are looking at the new US bound smart roadster.

        • 5 Years Ago
        No, Smart Roadster was a proper roadster! RWD!
      • 5 Years Ago
      As a straight man, I could never in good conscience drive that car, but I love the concept of it so much. I hope the Mini looks a little stronger.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Are you afraid the car will make you gay? Cause I don't think that's how it works.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Calm down everyone, I never said I had something against gays. I'm just saying, the car is extremely feminine in its proportions and (most) of its styling (one of those frontal shots makes it look almost Lambo-like), and I would feel a little out of place driving one. Like wearing a pink ascot or something, I could do it, but can't we all agree it might seem a little off if the rest of me were not...fabulous enough?

        If you still think I'm a closeted bigot, I don't know what to tell you :(
        • 5 Years Ago
        I am a gay man in America.
        I occasionally cross my legs when I sit.
        I also have no qualms about my masculinity.
        And I have no problem admitting that I love this car.

        But I also appreciate interesting quirkly little automobiles, and I'm sorry if your gonads are too small to appreciate this wonderful little car. I'd totally drive it. Besides, the guy in sunglasses driving the car in these promo shots looks like he's having a grand 'ol time and doesn't appear to be waving a rainbow flag.

        But maybe I"d pass on the tinkerbell blue, and go with the black.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Im sorry but I have to agree. Folks outside the US (or in SF) need to to know... As a male in the US it is considered a little strange for a man to cross his legs while sitting. Men should also not be driving dainty french convertibles. 90% of US men would agree with me. Dont hate me for being honest. Let the down-ranking begin...
        • 5 Years Ago
        If you're so sure you're straight, then you'd have no problem driving this car.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Men who rant and rave on gays and boast about their masculinity, are usually trying on mama's clothes while they're hiding in the closet.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What the CR-Z should have been.
        • 5 Years Ago
        CR-Z del sol you mean :)

        • 5 Years Ago
        Say what?!?!?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I could see this being considered a new-age Del Sol, actually... which, in some markets was called the "CR-X"...
        • 5 Years Ago
        No. The Del Sol was a sales disaster so Honda would never repeat that (though they're making a whole NEW disaster with the CR-Z).

        I think Nissan would be outrageously foolish not to bring this here. Lightweight fun cars with a practical side (mileage and trunk space here) have a dedicated niche. Aside from the Mini and Miata, there's nothing even close to this here.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder how much it costs? For a low enough price point I bet it would be a fun little car. It does look a little odd, but if it is a hoot to drive, that will make up for it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        17500€ to 21500€ in France, hard to compare to USD directly, but that's quite cheap there.
        Mini Cooper Convertible starts at over 25000€, MX5 ranges from 23000 to 30000.

      • 5 Years Ago
      cute!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'd never even consider buying one (If the US ever got them), but I like it! Cool concept in the form of the automotive equivalent of a mouse.
      • 5 Years Ago
      At first the looks seemed a bit odd, but the more I looked at it the better it became. If this came to the states as a Nissan and was priced at about 17k, dealers would not be able to keep it in stock.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Whoa, talk about taking the beltline of a car to new heights......

      I'm also wondering on the transmission choices, I'd expect something better than 37mpg for a 1.15l turbo'd engine in a car that's as small as a MINI.
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