We wouldn't blame you if you never heard of it, but the Renault Wind was, in areas it was available, one of the more intriguing affordable convertibles on the market. It was based on the Twingo, but shared a couple of vital attributes with the Ferrari 575 Superamerica. One, of course, was the innovative Leonardo Fioravanti-designed flip-top roof. The other was its limited production numbers. But while Ferrari restricted production of the Maranello-based roadster, Renault had apparently hoped more people would buy the Wind. Having fallen short at that, the French automaker has reportedly killed off the quirky little roadster.

This after less than three years of production, which could be down (in part at least) to the minuscule four-cylinder engines it offered. Renault tried to give it a more sporty appearance with the Gordini edition, but despite the racing stripes, it didn't offer anything more in the performance department.

It will be interesting to see if Renault manages a more enticing convertible based on the next Twingo, whose rear-engined platform it's developing in tandem with Smart – which as we all know had a short-lived, high-on-bark/low-on-bite roadster of its own. Here's hoping the next generation has a bit more to offer.


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      Sturmovik
      • 1 Year Ago
      A nice budget uncommon car, fun to drive. Too bad we don't have such cars anymore
      Charrop
      • 1 Year Ago
      My car is also like a Ferrari 575 Superamerica: it has 4 wheels, and it's engine was designed by people.
      mikeybyte1
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wish you had shown pictures of what the flip top roof was. I had to go search for it online. It looks like a pretty cool idea. But I still think Mazda seems to have the best power hard top roof design on the Miata/MX-5. It just slides right down into a vertical slot as opposed to a horizontal stack. Surprised more designers don't try to take this approach.
      Jason
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ok, this kinda what I would thing a Honda Del Sol would look like today if it was still made.
        aatbloke1967
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jason
        But much smaller.
          lexRunzel
          • 1 Year Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          Umm... it's only 7 inches shorter than the Del Sol
          aatbloke1967
          • 1 Year Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          "Umm... it's only 7 inches shorter than the Del Sol" Which is a lot between class segments, and indeed makes the difference between the A and C segments. But it's also narrower. The Wind was closer to the likes of the Honda Beat rather than the Honda CRX/Del Sol.
      mlevere1988
      • 1 Year Ago
      Renault's version of the Honda del Sol? That wasn't a success either.
        aatbloke1967
        • 1 Year Ago
        @mlevere1988
        No, it's based on the A-segment Twingo, not a C-segment Civic.
      Codeman
      • 1 Year Ago
      It was a good idea, but I found the shape of the car too Twingo-like, not sporty enough.
      David
      • 1 Year Ago
      I saw it in Paris in the flesh when it first came out. It was nice.
      KaiserWilhelm
      • 1 Year Ago
      Renault kills my eyes!
      rawtoast
      • 1 Year Ago
      This thing looks like the offspring of a Veyron and a Del Sol, and the mother smoked and drank through out the pregnancy
      anon
      • 1 Year Ago
      someone cut the joke out of the title
      thequebecerinfrance
      • 1 Year Ago
      I remember this car, ok car for the price as it was pretty cheap. But the market for car like this is so small, it must be hard not to lose money. I remember it was not much of a performer either.
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