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Renault Wind and its unique, electric, rotating roof concept bring a breath of fresh air to the world of open top motoring.

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“Renault Wind extends the brand’s range with a new model wholly dedicated to the pleasure of its occupants inviting them to enjoy an alternative way of driving. Through its concept and the technology it employs, Renault Wind is an ingenious illustration of Renault’s new brand signature, ‘Drive the Change’”

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Renault Wind targets customers looking for a compact everyday car and, as a two seat coupé roadster with a length of 3.83 meters, it slots into the Renault range between Twingo and Clio. Thanks to its ingenious, electrically operated roof system, which pivots open in just 12 seconds, Renault Wind boasts unprecedented versatility: in the lowered position, the roof panel rests above the boot, meaning that boot volume is always 270 dm3 VDA, whether the roof is up or down.

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Renault Wind has head-turning looks. Its blue tinged gaze, muscular profile and rearend forms, give it an emphatically modern profile. Unique styling details include the roofcover cowls, chrome exterior door mirror housings and badging on the side which recalls the rotational movement of the roof opening mechanism. Meanwhile, there is an unmistakable ‘cockpit’ feel about the interior. The instruments are reminiscent of the world of motorbikes, the sport seats feature integrated head rests, while the lowset driving position and sporty layout of the controls are typical of roadsters.

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The expertise of Renault Sport Technologies (R.S.T) in the realm of motoring enjoyment needs no introduction, and Renault Wind has benefited extensively from the expertise of R.S.T’s engineers. The new coupé roadster is built on the same platform as Clio 2 R.S., and its chassis is perfectly suited to the power outputs of the two engines that are available for the car, the TCe 100 and the 1.6 16V 133hp. One of the chief accomplishments of R.S.T’s engineers is the fact that they have achieved the best weight to body rigidity ratio for a coupé roadster, allowing Renault Wind owners to profit from an outstanding ride plus very low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

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Renault Wind takes full advantage of Renault's expertise in the fields of active and passive safety too, while the excellence of its chassis and its powerful brakes ensure exceptionally reassuring handling.

Renault Wind will go on sale in July 2010 in the United Kingdom and Slovenia, and from September in its other western European markets.

Renault Wind's length of 3.83 meters sees the newcomer slot between Twingo (3,60 m) and Clio (4,03 m), and marks the addition to the Renault range of a new, compact, coupé roadster concept that is ideally suited to everyday motoring.

When it comes to this type of car, exterior styling is the chief factor in the purchase decision. Therefore, to appeal to its market, Renault Wind’s design needed to be both dynamic and robust, as well as unmistakably modern. Seen from the side, Renault Wind's sporty, robust lines, steeply raked bonnet, high waistline, extensively sculpted flanks and integral roll hoop immediately strike the eye. The two roof cover cowls located in the slipstream of the head rests are distinctive roadster features and form a natural link between the interior and exterior. Work on the windscreen header rail, which sits in a far more forward position than that of rival convertibles, heightens the pleasure associated with opentop motoring and further underpins Wind’s roadster credentials.

Photo: 2010 Renault WindPhoto: 2010 Renault Wind

The rear end incorporates a distinctive wing which forms part of the boot lid, while the boomerang shaped rear lights provide a readily identifiable lighting signature.

There is an unmistakable ‘cockpit’ feel about Renault Wind's interior which has been designed to heighten the sense of motoring enjoyment through a host of sporty cues. These include sport seats with integrated head rests, full instrumentation set in profiled tunnels and a translucent instrument panel cowl (red or black) that recalls the world of motorbikes. The Dark Charcoal ambiance is set off by the door pulls, aluminium pedal covers, sports steering wheel and a range of satin finish chrome details that highlight Renault Wind’s unique coupé roadster appeal and irresistibly tempt you to open the roof and head off for the country!

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When it comes to convertible car technology, Renault Wind’s roof breaks new ground. Owners of soft top cars are often anxious when their vehicle is parked outside, while folding hard tops can take up a disproportionate amount of boot space when lowered and are frequently restricted to larger cars. As a fast, easy and reliable means of lowering and raising the roof, and to avoid encroaching on valuable boot space when the top is down, a rotating mechanism stood out as the best solution.

After pulling on a handle to release the roof lock, the driver simply has to press on the electric switch for the roof to pivot round its axis between the quarter panels before silently coming to rest on top of the boot covered by an additional panel. An audible warning and a message on the trip computer inform the driver once the operation has been completed. In addition to being a quick way to lower or raise the top, this ingenious rotating system employs very few parts, which further contributes to its reliability.

The combined weight of the roof and its kinematics is a mere 21.8kg, which is a fifth of that of a conventional hard top.

The interior of the roof is protected from dust and the elements in the 'open' position by a patented boot lid design, while the fixed rear window actively contributes to Wind's structural rigidity.

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ENGINES

The TCe 100: flexible and responsive (TCe = Turbo Control Efficiency)

In addition to returning the fuel consumption of an engine of its size, this feisty powerplant boasts the power output of a 1.4 and the torque of a 1.6litre powerplant. It is equipped with a low inertia turbo which ensures minimal lag thanks to the fitment of a small diameter turbine and compressor. Maximum power is 100hp (74kW) at 5,500rpm, while peak torque is 152Nm (3,500rpm).

The combination of the TCe 100’s small cubic capacity and low inertia turbo ensures responsive pickup from low revs, with peak torque available at very low engine speeds and across a broad revband. The turbocharger includes a 'overboost' feature which temporarily increases power output and torque (by 5hp and 6Nm respectively) in second, third and fourth gears at engine speeds of more than 4,500rpm. For added character, as well as extra punch and response, the TCE 100 engine drives through a short ratio five speed manual gearbox (JH3). The combination of the TCe 100 engine’s smaller cubic capacity and the technology it employs maximizes driving pleasure, yet its combined cycle fuel consumption stands at only 6.3 litres/100km (equivalent to 145g of CO2/km). Renault Wind TCe 100 accelerates from standstill to 100kph in just 10.5 seconds.

1.6 16V 133hp: a flexible, normally aspirated engine with bags of character…

Renault Wind is alternatively available with the Renault Sport Technologies developed 1.6 16V normally aspirated powerplant, the specially tuned pitch of which serves as an immediate pointer to its fiery character. This flexible, high revving, normally aspirated 1.6 16V engine produces 133hp (98kW) at 6,750rpm and maximum torque of 160Nm at 4,400rpm. It revs swiftly and crisply all the way up to the red line which is set at 7,000rpm. With this engine under the bonnet, Renault Wind delivers plenty of punch and driving pleasure at low and transient engine speeds up to 4,500rpm, although it truly come into its own when pushed beyond the 4,500rpm mark. Renault Wind 1.6 16V accelerates from standstill to 100kph is just 9.2 seconds and boasts a top speed of 201kph, yet fuel consumption has been contained at 7 litres/100km (equivalent to CO2 emissions of 165g/km).

Renault Wind benefits from Renault Sport’s braking expertise to deliver powerful, durable stopping power combined with a reassuringly progressive pedal feel. Braking is provided by 280mmdiameter ventilated discs and 57mmdiameter callipers at the front, and 240mmdiameter discs with 34mmdiameter callipers at the rear.

Renault Wind’s reinforced body structure notably features steel bars and tubing for the underbody and boot. Patented, innovative door bracing protects the survival cell in the case of a head-on or side-on impact. The fixed rollover hoop incorporates the rear window and protects occupants in a rollover. The deformable steering wheel, retractable steering column and extensive padding help prevent traumatic injuries in a major head-on impact.

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Plug & Music connectivity permits occupants to plug digital devices such as iPod®, iPhone®, USB keys and other USB compatible MP3 players into Renault Wind's own audio. This system enables occupants to enjoy music stored on a portable player and allows them to scroll through menus using the steering column mounted or radio fascia controls. Directory, file and tune names are shown on the separate display.

The handsfree Bluetooth® telephony function enables drivers to make and take calls safely via Renault Wind's own loudspeakers. The system automatically recognizes the telephone each time the car is started. An exclusive Renault function enables the driver to select an automatic ‘hold’ setting that puts callers on hold until he or she is in a situation where they can take an incoming call safely. The radio automatically mutes when an incoming or outgoing call is detected, while telephone functions can be controlled via the steering column mounted fingertip controls, with messages shown on the separate display.

Photo: 2010 Renault WindPhoto: 2010 Renault Wind

The Bluetooth® telephony function also incorporates audio streaming, enabling favourite music stored on an A2DPcompatible portable device to be played wirelessly through the car’s loudspeakers.

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