The on-again, off-again Volkswagen roadster is now on again according to Volkswagen design chief Walter de Silva.
The 2009 BlueSport roadster concept (above) garnered plenty of attention but has been on hold since the German automaker didn’t have a strong business plan for it. But according to de Silva, the project still has plenty of support with executives within the brand.
“I’m not the only one in our company who is convinced that a small roadster wouldn’t be the worst thing for Volkswagen,” said de Silva in an interview with Germany’s Auto Motor und Sport magazine. “This is a vehicle that we particularly like, and we always have in mind.”
The BlueSport concept was unveiled at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show powered by a 2.0-liter, turbo-diesel engine with 178 hp and 256 lb-ft of torque. Even back then, it had strong fuel economy figures of 54.7 mpg while accelerating to 62 mph in 6.6 seconds with a top speed of 140 mph.
[Source: Auto Motor und Sport]
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