2011 Renault Wind convertible hits foreign streets

2011 Renault Wind convertible hits foreign streets

Renault debuted its quirky Wind coupe-convertible at the Geneva Motor Show back in March this year, but now that it’s thenorthern hemisphere Summer it has hit the streets. It’s a stocky little machine at just over 12.5 feet long and in terms of size and purpose its closest competitor is likely to be the upcoming Mini Roadster and Coupe. To cover it up in poor conditions, Renault has gone with a hardtop, but not the complex, multi-piece unit type found in other European vehicles. Similar to a system used by Ferrari, the roof panel simply rotates back 180 degrees and stows flat under the rear deck.

This cleverly simple top design allows the Wind to retain decent boot space, even with the top down. The only real downside is the very high rear deck lid that means over-the-shoulder visibility looks to be all but non-existent.

Motivation to the front wheels comes from a choice of inline-four cylinder engines. The TCe 100 is a 1.15-litre turbocharged unit that delivers 100 horsepower and 112 pound-feet of torque while the 1.6-litre normally aspirated mill cranks out 133 hp and 118 lb-ft. The two powerplants deliver 6.3 and 7 litres per 100km respectively. With a total weight under 1,200 kg performance could be sharp even with the small engines.

Renault debuted its quirky Wind coupe-convertible at the Geneva Motor Show back in March this year, but now that it’s thenorthern hemisphere Summer it has hit the streets. It’s a stocky little machine at just over 12.5 feet long and in terms of size and purpose its closest competitor is likely to be the upcoming Mini Roadster and Coupe. To cover it up in poor conditions, Renault has gone with a hardtop, but not the complex, multi-piece unit type found in other European vehicles. Similar to a system used by Ferrari, the roof panel simply rotates back 180 degrees and stows flat under the rear deck.

This cleverly simple top design allows the Wind to retain decent boot space, even with the top down. The only real downside is the very high rear deck lid that means over-the-shoulder visibility looks to be all but non-existent.

Motivation to the front wheels comes from a choice of inline-four cylinder engines. The TCe 100 is a 1.15-litre turbocharged unit that delivers 100 horsepower and 112 pound-feet of torque while the 1.6-litre normally aspirated mill cranks out 133 hp and 118 lb-ft. The two powerplants deliver 6.3 and 7 litres per 100km respectively. With a total weight under 1,200 kg performance could be sharp even with the small engines.

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