Renault aims Wind at MX-5
Renault is eyeing in the Mazda MX-5 and Fiat Barchetta roadster market with this particular affordable soft-top concept named Wind, to become unveiled in the Geneva show the following month.
The infant convertible, codenamed Z15, turn into a showroom reality and it is strong evidence that Renault has moved right into a second phase of their design redefinition.
Wind was styled by Michel Jardin’s design team. Design senior vice-president Patrick le Quément stated its lines were inspired with a ‘a pebble inside a river’, as possible appreciated from an aerial perspective (picture).
Le Quément declined to commit on any production version, but hinted it had become production achievable. ‘This is really a reasonable dream,’ he told Autocar. ‘It’s not the beginning of a production vehicle at this time, however a quite interesting and realistic proposition.’
In line with the B-platform lent in the Nissan Micra and then-generation Renault Clio, Wind includes a 136bhp 2.-litre engine transversely mounted right in front and driving via a robotised six-speed ‘manumatic’ towards the front wheels.
Renault claims -62mph in 8.5sec and le Quément recommended your final production vehicle might be tuned for greater horsepower along with a Renaultsport badge.
The roadster is distinguished by rounded corners, plunging bonnet and boot lines, along with a Chris Bangle-aping combination of concave and convex surfaces interspersed with prominent creases.
Other exterior highlights include slender, Brought-outfitted mind- and tail-lights, a subtle bonnet-mounted air dam, along with a split front air intake hiding dual radiators that permit a lesser front finish having a shorter overhang. Supplier Valeo states it may provide dual radiator components for Renault’s existing road cars immediately.
Inside, the emphasis is on design simplicity. Renault states it’s attempted to minimise the switchgear that frequently litters modern fascias. Its ‘touch design’ is definitely an attempt for intuitive clusters of controls.A panel between your front seats lifts and reverses to create a third pinion seat to have an innovative 2 1 arrangement. The leading chairs are fixed, therefore the pedals and controls adjust digitally toaccommodate each driver.
Wind is among two sports concepts Renault will exhibit this season, another rumoured to become a bigger, rear-wheel-drive sports vehicle due at Paris.