Renault has announced the pricing for its new flip-top Wind Coupé-Roadster. The Wind will be available in two standard specifications, plus a limited launch edition.
The Renault Wind was unveiled to the public at the Geneva Motor Show. Based on the same platform as the Renault Twingo, its neat coupé bodywork and unusual flip top roof are complimented by a chassis developed by Renaultsport – so it should be great fun to drive.
The Wind’s unique selling point is its flip top roof mechanism that pivots around the rear windscreen to open or close in a scant 12 seconds.
Similar to a design only previously used on the rare Ferrari 575 Superamerica, this is a low complexity method of creating a hard-topped coupé-convertible offering both security and open-air motoring.
Petrol power, strong standard kit
Engine choice is so far limited to a 98hp 1.2-litre TCe turbo petrol, and the naturally aspirated 131bhp 1.6-litre petrol from the . Fuel economy and emissions are 44.8mpg and 145g/km CO2 for the former, and 40.3mpg and 165g/km CO2 for the latter.
There are two regular trim levels: Dynamique and Dynamique S.
Standard equipment on Dynamique includes stability control, four airbags, 16-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, cruise control, sports seats and front fog lights – plus the electrically operated roof.
Dynamique S features 17-inch alloy wheels, stereo upgrade, auto lights and wipers, alarm, Bluetooth and USB connector for MP3 players.
Limited edition Wind Collection
To launch the car, Renault is also offering a limited edition run of 200 Wind Collection models.
Available with either engine choice, the Collection features chrome covered, heated electric wing mirrors, leather seats, gloss black roof, red and chrome dash inserts, leather sport steering wheel and gearknob, aluminium pedals, Collection badging and chrome roof cowls.
Wind pricing – a little strong?
Prices for the new Renault Wind Coupé-Roadster start at £15,500 for the 1.2 Dynamique rising to £17,300 for the 1.6 Dynamique S. The Collection is priced £17,300 for the 1.2, £18,200 for the 1.6.
This makes the Wind well priced against claimed rivals such as the Peugeot 207 CC and – but not quite as cheap and cheerful as we were hoping.
The Renault Wind goes on sale in May, with first deliveries expected in July.
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