litre 4 cylinder
The Renault Wind concept designed
by Patrick le Quément was first seen at the 2004
Geneva Motorshow. The Wind is a 2+1 roadster as the interior
cleverly hides a single central rear seat - although this
seat is pretty much reserved for kids and adults with
The Wind cleverly hides a central 3rd
seat behind the front two
The most noticeable aspect to the Renault Wind's exterior
design are it's flowing, graceful, sculpted lines and
simple clean shapes. The slit-like headlights are neatly
integrated into the bodywork, and at the rear the taillights
to the same thing.
The interior of the Wind is moulded around the occupants.
The beige leather seats are fixed meaning driver comfort
is achieved with an adjustable steering wheel and pedal
cluster, these fold away automatically when the door is
opened for easier access.
Powering the Renault Wind was a 2.0 litre 16 valve engine
which produced 136 horsepower and 191 Nm of torque. This
was mated to a 6 speed manual transmission. In a car weighing
just 850 kgs (1874 lbs) this engine/transmission combo
could bring the Wind to 62 mph (100km/h) in 8.5 seconds.
Not blisteringly quick, but close enough to compete with
the likes of the Mazda MX-5.
Renault produced the Wind concept to guage the public's
opinion of a new compact roadster. Although the Wind proved
to be popular with the public, Renault declined to send
the car to production - well in this form anyway.
In 2010 Renault unveiled the production
version of the Wind. Sadly it bore no resemblance
to this concept - which was much, much better looking
from almost every angle.
Similar and related vehicles:
2010 Renault Wind (production)
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