The Renault Wind is a compact two-seater coupe-roadster based on the popular Twingo hatchback. The car’s development was handled by performance and handling experts, Renaultsport and results in a responsive drive. The innovative hardtop roof rotates in one piece through 180 degrees flipping over from its position to slip upside-down underneath the rear panel. This keeps complexity and weight to a minimum while providing a secure and attractive roof that operates in just 12 seconds.
On the down-side rear visibility is poor. Luggage space is better than a Mini or MX-5 but well behind the Vauxhall/Opel Tigra and Peugeot 207CC.
The right-hand drive version of the Wind along with several other models were discontinued in 2012 with left-hand drive cars ending production in 2013. Even a sporty Gordini trim package couldn’t keep it from an early grave. The low production numbers of the Wind mean that well-kept cars have the potential to become collectable classics in the future.
The turbocharged 1.2 litre Renault wind is more comfortable to drive than the larger engined model. The power delivery comes low down in the rev range making it feel responsive without the need to spin the engine at high speeds. It grips well with the 17-inch wheels and has a nice level of precision in the steering.
The 1.6 VVT Renault Wind being the most powerful in the range would seem the best option for driver enjoyment but it can become tiring to drive as the engine needs to be revved hard to get the available power. There is plenty of fun to be had, but you have to work the little car hard to find it. For everyday driving, we go for the smaller turbocharged engine.