2011 Geneva Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The French automaker adds a fourth Gordini model in Europe, based on its compact Wind coupe-convertible.
- The Wind Gordini has mostly carryover hardware, but adds fancy paint, trim and interior accents.
- European sales begin in the spring.
PARIS — Renault is adding a fourth Gordini model to its European lineup. The Wind Gordini, which officially debuts in early March at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show, joins the Twingo Gordini RS, Clio Gordini RS and Twingo Gordini.
Renault in late 2009 resurrected the Gordini label, which was once used on Formula 1 and Le Mans racing cars and later on sporty Renault production cars, including the R8, the R12 and the R17.
The Wind Gordini keeps its 99-horsepower turbocharged 1.2-liter four-cylinder engine, but adds a Malta Blue paint scheme with twin white stripes, as well as a gloss-black roof and Glacier white rear wing, door mirrors and grille trim. A set of 17-inch black diamond alloy rims completes the exterior package.
The cabin is dressed up in Gordini black and blue leather upholstery, with blue and white door straps, a blue leather steering wheel with white stripes and a Gordini shift knob.
Edmunds.com says: European buyers will be able to order the Wind Gordini just in time for spring. — Paul Lienert, Correspondent