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.
RENAULT REVEALS THE FOURTH VEHICLE IN THE GORDINI LINE-UP: WIND ROADSTER GORDINI
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.