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.
With a release date timed just as a global recession hit, the Wind was destined for low sales figures. 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.