• Feb 7th 2011 at 8:31AM
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When Renault brought the Gordini name out of retirement, enthusiasts took note. After all, Gordini was once one of the most respected names in the business. Some were a little disappointed that the name was applied to existing Renaultsport models that bore no changes beyond a paint job, but that was alright, because the company's RS hot hatches are already regarded as some of the best around. But then they slapped the same blue paint and white stripes on standard models, and things went downhill.

Now Renault has announced a new Gordini version of the Wind Roadster. The innovative little convertible, as you may recall, is based on the Twingo but features the same kind of flip-top roof as the Ferrari 575 SuperAmerica. Unfortunately, that's where the similarities between the Ferrari and the Renault end, relegating the Wind to the poseur category.

So what has Renault done to give the Wind the Gordini treatment? Sadly, they skipped the RS treatment altogether and went straight for the color scheme. So it's got the French racing blue paint with the white stripes, 17-inch alloys and white trim, with the theme continuing to the interior. Oh, and there's a Facebook page coming. Unfortunately, that appears to be the extent of it, so this is one European offering most won't pine for from abroad.

[Source: Renault]

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Following the successful launch of the Twingo and Clio Gordini models, Renault's stylish Wind Roadster is the next to receive the "French touch". Expanding the coupé-roadster range with a version featuring the finest equipment available on the chic two-seater, this exclusive model will be presented at the forthcoming Geneva Motor Show from 1 March 2011.

A true driver's car, the coupé-roadster proudly bears the Gordini colours. Shod with 17-inch black diamond alloy wheels, it features Malta blue bodywork with trademark twin white stripes, Glacier white door mirrors, grille trim and rear wing, and a gloss black roof. A badge marked with a "G" completes the Gordini look.

Wind Roadster Gordini also places particular emphasis on interior design. The cabin features special "Gordini" black and blue leather upholstery, blue and white door straps and a blue leather steering wheel with the signature white stripes on the centreband. A leather gear lever gaiter and polished metal gearknob bearing the Gordini name complete the look.

But first and foremost, the Gordini name expresses a community spirit that has travelled down the years. Just as Gordini drivers of the 1960s and 1970s flashed their headlamps as a sign of recognition when they met on the road, so the modern Gordini community meets up on social networks. In an innovative move by Renault, they were the first to receive news of the Wind Roadster Gordini reveal with a teaser posted on the Gordini fan page on Facebook on 31 January.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I know this is completely unrelated, but I sincerely hope the whole Huffington Post acquisition crap doesn't turn the AOL blog sites (including this one) into an ideology-spewing BSdom like Gawker's. What I loved about y'all is that while you generally lean left, you usually keep your political beliefs to yourself. Of course the OP-eds like McElroy don't, but I *expect* that, you don't try to coat your normal posts with it like they do. If that happens, I guess I'll just have to shut the blinds and pretend like nothing's going on for as long as I possibly can.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You beat me to it dude. I would not be all that hoked if Al Gore will become the head editor now. Huffington Post is the most vile, disgusting, lying hippie liberal website out there.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Autoblog, please do some research before posting a ignorant rant.

      The wind doesn't have the RS nameplate because it already has the chassis and engine fo the clio RS, that's why it's going directly for gordini gimmick.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Little mistake on my part, I meant the twingo RS, not the CLio RS that has 200 bhp.

        Also lne937s, the clio RS is not the Clio Cup (250 bhp).
        • 4 Years Ago

        You are kind of right. The Wind has chassis and drivetrain parts from the Clio GT, which is a little sportier than the regular Clio and sometimes lumped with RenaultSport. The Wind does however offer the engine used in the Twingo Renaultsport 133.

        However, when people say RenaultSport and Clio in the same sentence, they are usually referring to the RenaultSport Clio 200 and Clio 200 Cup. These cars have 200 horsepower and a version of the Perfohub front suspension.

        So while the Wind may be sportier than the regular Clio, it is not up to the level of the Clio 200 Cup. The true RenaultSport cars are pretty impressive:
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Gordini name is too "good" and respected to be relegated to a trim package. No matter how the Wind comes equipped normally, a Gordini-badge model should be much more highly tuned in performance and handling.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "because the company's RS hot hatches are already regarded as some of the best around."

      Us here in the United States wouldn't know.... :o(
      • 4 Years Ago
      No worries, I'm sure most of the ideology will continue to be spewed in the comments section.

      Nice car by the way, but too french ;)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Much better than Mini or Smart or that IQ thing from Scion.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Wind has the interior of the Twingo, i.e. pretty crap (hard plastics almost everywhere). The Clio Sport 200 is a much better car inside for about the same price (but it's only a hatch), and the Megane Sport 250 is even better (not that far from a Golf).
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think it looks damn good... If it had ~200hp I'd be seriously pining for it over here lol. I want to see how the top works though! It looks strange as if it'd slide back like a sunroof or something. Anyone have a YouTube video of it working, or of the ferrari's top actuation?
      • 4 Years Ago
      That is kind of a cool looking little coupe.

      If it were mid-engined, even transverse like a Fiero, X1-9, or MR2... it would be an interesting little vehicle.

      The flip roof is cool, too.

      FWD little econobox still kills it, though... not that it matters, as Renaults are mostly not available to buyers in the US. If it were mid-engined, RWD, I would wish that Nissan would sell it here.
        • 4 Years Ago
        sorry, I meant, "doesn't matter to ME..." not that it doesn't matter at all.

        For those who like it, it is kind of a handsome little converti-coupe.
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