Drop-Top Diesel In Detroit
Jan. 11, 2009
VW's mid-engine rear-drive BlueSport concept. Click on images for larger views.
Every once in a while, Volkswagen teases us with a stunning two-seat roadster concept.
This time — with the 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit as the backdrop — the BlueSport demonstrates that diesel frugality can go together nicely with sports-car good looks and performance.
The Concept BlueSport boasts a classic mid-engine rear-drive layout with a 180-horsepower four-cylinder diesel nestled between the front and rear axles. VW's latest Clean Diesel TDI technologies apply.
The engine is mated to a six-speed dual-clutch transmission.
VW says accelerating this svelte 2,600-pound roadster to 60 MPH takes just 6.2 seconds on the way to a top speed of 140 MPH. Fuel consumption is estimated at a very decent 42 MPG.
The BlueSport shows off LED daytime
running lights and turn signals.
Hybrid-type systems such as automatic start-stop and energy regeneration help boost city mileage.
The style adopts VW's latest design philosophy with angular head- and taillights, complemented by sharp flowing lines. LED lights are used for the L-shape daytime running lights and C-shape taillights.
As its name suggests, the BlueSport adds sporty to the mix with muscular fenders at all four corners (with air intakes in the rear), elegant and bold split-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels, and a slick silver paint finish attractively accented by an orange fabric roof.
Cargo capacity is respectable for a roadster with dual front and rear trunks.
Whereas often a concept car boasts a pretty face but little in the way of functioning running gear, our sources say the BlueSport is close to production-ready.
Volkswagen is showing two other diesels at the Detroit auto show — a forthcoming Touareg V6 and currently-available Jetta. Follow the link below for photos and info.
Also see: Touareg Gets V6 Diesel