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VW BlueSport Roadster Concept

A diesel roadster for environmentally-friendly fun

 |  Jan 11 2009, 7:52 PM

img_4039Looking a great deal like a YES Roadster or a Vauxhall VX220 Turbo, the BlueSport Concept by Volkswagen is a cute and yet somehow masculine creation.

This roadster for the environmentally conscious is powered by a clean diesel TDI engine that makes an

impressive 180hp and yet can achieve a rating of 55 mpg! Thanks to VW’s revolutionary DSG gearbox the BlueSport Roadster Concept can accelerate to 62 mph in just 6.2 seconds. The low slung body of the BlueSport Roadster and massive 19-inch wheels make for a sporty and fun

look. Desing and material quality is very high and judging from the innovative yet realistic interior and reasonable proportions, expect to see this model hit production in the next few years.

Official release after the jump:

Wolfsburg/ Detroit, 11 January 2009 – Maximum driving fun with minimal fuel consumption: This is the standard by which Volkswagen is starting the new car year 2009 and is presenting the roadster Concept BlueSport at the North American International Auto Show. “The BlueSport proves to be a compact and passionate car with a clear Volkswagen signature. The car offers pure dynamics with a powerful 180 PS Clean Diesel engine that is combined with the characteristic Volkswagen philosophy of efficiency,” confirmed Volkswagen’s Chairman of the Board, Prof. Martin Winterkorn in Detroit. The Concept BlueSport is making its appearance at the car show in Detroit with a Flex Silver exterior and orange fabric convertible top. “It is the symbiosis of outstanding technology and timeless Volkswagen design that makes this car an exceptional sports car. Its styling is clear and is reduced to the essentials; the car body itself has a lean and linear structure”, explains Volkswagen chief designer Walter de Silva. The interior shows finesse in details and conveys a high level of technological fascination. Immediately visible to the eye is the intuitive and easy to operate touchscreen. Perfectly adapted to the interior are the leather upholstered seats in lightweight construction with their single-piece seatbacks.

Behind the two sport seats of the 3.99 meter long Concept BlueSport, a 132 kW / 180 PS strong Clean Diesel (TDI) with common rail injection and downstream NOx storage catalytic converter delivers dynamic performance. A 6-speed DSG dual clutch transmission ? the most economical and agile transmission system in the world ? transfers power to the rear wheels. In just 6.6 seconds the sports car is moving at 100 km/h; its top speed is 226 km/h. Also having a positive impact on the car’s low fuel consumption of just 4.3 l/100 km and reduced emissions are two technologies that are part of the so-called Eco mode: an automatic start-stop system and energy regeneration. Together they propel the Concept BlueSport to an additional fuel savings of up to 0.2 liter per 100 kilometers in city driving.

  • alastair stell

    This car is everything the 3rd generation MR2 wasn’t. It has style, great engineering, reasonable performance and relative to most sports cars a superb fuel consumption. I know this car is three years away, but sign me up now! For those of us who don’t have to suffer the misery of driving a family saloon, this is the beast we crave.