The Renault Wind only takes 12 seconds to transform from coupe to convertible, which should make it the fastest of its kind (the Peugeot 207 CC needs about 25 seconds to strip). This is thanks to a simple central pivot setup instead of the regular hinge system, which also ensures that the Wind’s boot volume of 270 litres remains whether the roof is up or down. Interestingly, that figure is 40 litres more than the standard Twingo hatchback, which the Wind is based on. It’s also said that the boot opens with no more effort than would be needed for a conventional saloon.
The Wind looks tiny in the metal, and it’s 3830 mm overall length is quite a bit shorter than the 207 CC, which goes past four metres. The car will be launched in Europe this summer with two of the Twingo’s engines: a 133 bhp/160 Nm 1.6-litre from the Renaultsport model and a 100 bhp/152 Nm 1.2-litre TCe engine. Renault says that it paid particular attention to the acoustic tuning for the former, which has a “telltale, fiery pitch”.
Renault plans to offer a wide range of options including a rear diffuser with twin tailpipes, front foglamp backing plates, chrome exterior mirror housings and a chrome finish for the rear bumper. Inside, customers can choose from different instrument housing designs and door pulls, plus an alternative gear lever knob or pedal set.
Live images and the official gallery is after the jump.
Renault Wind live images from Geneva
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Renault Wind official images
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