Renault Wind (2010–2012)

Model History

March 2010

Wind roadster unveiled

Two-seater 3,833mm long with novel electric roof that pivots open in just 12 seconds. Only coupe cabrio its size to provide just as much luggage space whatever the position of the roof.

Two-model range: Dynamique and Dynamique S, with limited edition Collection at launch. Priced £15,500 to £18,200, undercutting likely rivals such as Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe and Peugeot 207CC. Comprehensive list of standard equipment includes: 16-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, cruise control, ESC, front fog lights, electric retractable hard top and sport seats.

With the car’s development handled by performance and handling experts, Renaultsport, plus fitment of the engine from the Twingo Renaultsport 133 on the 1.6-litre versions, buyers can be assured that Wind Coupé-Roadster will drive as good as it looks. Two petrol engines are available, the flexible 133hp 16-valve 1.6 from the Twingo Renaultsport, or the smooth 1.2 TCe 100.

The entry-level Dynamique offers impressive core equipment levels with ABS with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution), front and lateral driver and passenger airbags, brake assist, ESC, immobiliser and electric retracting hard top roof. Moving up the range to the likely best-seller, Dynamique S adds 2x35W radio CD MP3 reader with fingertip remote control, 17-inch alloy wheels, auto lights and wipers, Thatcham category 1 alarm, Bluetooth connectivity and multi-functional TunePoint (USB connection).

Completing the launch line-up for Renault’s new compact convertible is the limited edition Collection, offering additional luxury and style for the discerning buyer both inside and out. Its impressive equipment tally includes electrically adjustable and heated chrome effect door mirrors, carbon black leather-faced heated seats, gloss black retractable roof, red and chrome dash inserts, leather sport wheel and gearknob, aluminium pedals, subtle ‘Collection’ side and boot badges, plus double chrome roof cover cowls.

In addition to the impressive equipment levels, several options should keep even the most comfort and technology-conscious buyers happy. For Dynamique models, these include 2x35W radio CD MP3 reader with Bluetooth and fingertip remote control (£300), multi-functional TunePoint (USB connection, £100) and climate control and auto lights and wipers (£300). For both Dynamique and Dynamique S, carbon heated and leather-faced seats are available, while the latter version also has the option of ‘Camel’ tan leather seats (£950). Metallic paint is available in black, blue, grey or red at £405.

Version

Engine

CO 2 g/km

Combined mpg

On The Road price

Dynamique

1.2 TCe 100

145

44.8

£15,500

1.6 VVT 133

165

40.3

£16,400

Dynamique S

1.2 TCe 100

145

44.8

£16,400

1.6 VVT 133

165

40.3

£17,300

Collection limited edition

1.2 TCe 100

145

44.8

£17,300

1.6 VVT 133

165

40.3

£18,200

February 2011

Renault Gordini Wind announced. Following the Twingo and Clio Gordini models, Renault’s 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.

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.

July 2011

Renault unveils new top-of-the-range Gordini version of Wind Roadster, priced from £15,195. Timed perfectly to coincide with open-air summer driving and the imminent arrival of the two new Gordini versions, Renault has also reduced the list price of Dynamique and GT Line versions of its coupé-roadster, making the entry-level version now just £12,995. Of course, should the heavens open, the chic two-seater is more than capable of coping, thanks to its ingenious roof which rotates closed in only 12 seconds.

The third Gordini to join the fold, in Wind Roadster guise, it welcomes the trademark Malta Blue metallic paint with twin white Gordini stripes (Pearl Black and Glacier White are no cost options. White versions come with chrome effect bodywork detailing), plus the usual Gordini badges on the side pillars. Adding to the exterior style with the ‘French Touch’, both the 1.2 and 1.6 versions benefit from white door mirrors, grille trim and cowls, 17-inch alloy wheels with a polished face and gloss black inserts.

The upmarket theme continues in the cockpit-style cabin with Gordini blue and dark grey leather seats with embossed Gordini logo, numbered Gordini plaque (1-200), satin chrome effect gearknob with blue Gordini badge and blue gearstick surround.

Complementing the Gordini touches is a high standard specification, including Bluetooth connectivity, climate control, multi-functional TunePoint for USB connections and Thatcham category 1 alarm.

The latest version can also be upgraded with three key options. The most eye-catching is a Renaultsport exhaust for £450 (1.6 only), joined by 17-inch Gordini alloy wheels with polished face and blue inserts, plus a wind deflector for £200.

What does a Renault Wind (2010 – 2012) cost?

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