Renault Wind

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Renault Wind
Renault Wind Dynamique TCe 100 front 20100904.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Renault
Production 2010–2012
Assembly Novo Mesto, Slovenia (Renault Slovenia)
Body and chassis
Class Roadster
Body style 2-door coupé convertible
Platform Alliance B platform[1]
Related Renault Twingo
Powertrain
Engine 1.2 L D4FT turbo I4 (petrol)
1.6 L K4M-RS I4 (petrol)
Transmission 5-speed manual
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,368 mm (93.2 in)
Length 3,822 mm (150.5 in)
Width 1,698 mm (66.9 in)
Height 1,415 mm (55.7 in)
Curb weight 1,206–1,248 kg (2,659–2,751 lb)
Rear view
Renault Wind Gordini

The Renault Wind is a roadster by the French automobile manufacturer Renault. The Wind was originally a concept car unveiled on September 2004 at the Paris Motor Show as a 2+1 roadster.

On February 2, 2010, Renault announced that the Wind would enter production. It was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show on March 2, 2010. The production version is a 2 seater, as opposed to the 2+1 seating of the concept car.[2]

In December 2011, Renault announced that the Laguna, Espace, Kangoo, Modus, and Wind lines would be axed in February 2012 in the United Kingdom as part of a cost-cutting plan to help the company earn a profit. The Wind remained available in the rest of Europe until the end of 2013.

Engine[edit]

The Wind is equipped with a 1.2-litre I4 TCE engine and a 1.6-litre I4.

Design[edit]

The concept Wind's design is like other Renault vehicles such as the performance versions of the Clio and Mégane. The production Wind, however, is heavily based on the Twingo, evident in its overall size and stance, and also its semi-circular door handles exactly the same as those on its Twingo counterpart. The steering wheel and pedal assemblies in the concept are adjustable and fold away automatically when the door is opened for easier access. Producer is Erdenechulun.

The Wind features a one piece metal roof, that rotates 180° backwards (much like the Ferrari 575M Superamerica), as opposed to being made of several pieces like many other metal roof convertibles. Renault claims that it takes 12 seconds to fold the roof away, which is quite quick compared to most convertibles.[citation needed]

Trim lines[edit]

There were three model trim lines: Dynamique, Dynamique S, and the limited edition "Collection". The Dynamique trim line was the most basic, with 16" alloy wheels and air conditioning as standard features. The Dynamique S trim was above this, with 17" alloy wheels and climate control. And the Limited Edition "Collection" trim had the biggest range of features, including: a gloss black retractable roof and red and chrome dashboard inserts.

In the UK, trim levels included: the Dynamique, Dynamique S, GT Line, and the top-of-the-range Collection.

Wind Concept[edit]

Renault Wind Concept

The Wind concept car wad unveiled at the 2004 Paris Motor Show as a 2+1 roadster and was powered by a inline-4 engine that produced 136 bhp (101 kW) and 141 lb·ft (191 N·m) of torque.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Geneva motor show 2010: Renault Wind". Autocar. 15 February 2010. Retrieved 2 February 2014. "The Wind, which will be launched at the Geneva motor show next month, shares its platform and much of its front-end styling with the Twingo." 
  2. ^ "Renault Wind: A Breath of Fresh Air in the Roadster Market". Retrieved 2010-02-02. 

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