Wind a breath of

fresh air

Renault Wind, front
Renault Wind, side
Renault Wind, rear
Renault Wind, interior

RENAULT'S new take on the coupe cabriolet has blown a breath of fresh air over the whole class.

For the Wind's roof panel simply flips over to rest on top of the boot where it's neatly covered by a lifting panel.

This means that boot space is not compromised at all - something which all other CC's suffer from to a large extent.

The roof and its mechanism also weight much less than others, helping keep the car's weight to a minimum

The Wind is a two seater based on the Twingo and its chunky shape seems at odds with a sportscar from some angles.

There are two engines to choose from so far - the manic 133bhp 1.6 from the Clio GT or the 100bhp 1.2 Tce turbo.

This last would be my choice. It's a gorgeous little engine with more than enough power for anyone and gives a much more relaxed drive.

All the switchbear inside is familiar from other Renaults, but the seats are lower and with quite high sides, visibility does suffer to some extent.

That said, the ride is comfortable and the level of equipment in the car I tried was more than adequate for my needs.

: Peugeot 207CC 

FAST FACTS

Price: £17,300

Mechanical: 133bhp, 1,596cc, 4cyl petrol engine driving front wheels via 5-speed manual gearbox

Max Speed: 125mph

0-62mph: 9.2 seconds

Combined MPG: 40

Insurance Group: 13

C02 emissions: 165g/km

Bik rating: 18%

Warranty: 3yrs/ 60,000 miles

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