Volkswagen just unveiled an all-new roadster at the Detroit Motor Show. A sporty yet environmentally friendly concept car, the Concept Bluesport is a two-seat roadster that combines a fuel efficient mid-mounted common rail diesel engine with a lightweight chassis to provide a simple and effective solution for a sporty car.
The Volkswagen roadster is powered by a four-cylinder 2.0-litre TDI engine which blasts 180 PS and 258 lbs ft of torque from 1,750rpm. Power is directed to the rear wheels through a six-speed dual clutch DSG gearbox and rockets the Concept BlueSport from standstill to 62 mph in 6.6 seconds and reaches a top speed of 140 mph.
The Concept Bluesport uses lightweight materials, and has a 45:55 weight distribution and multi-link rear suspension. The VW roadster emits just 113g/km of CO2 while providing a fuel efficiency of 65 mpg. To enhance the roadster’s fuel economy and emissions even more, the driver only need engage the “Eco” mode function to activate an automatic Stop-Start system and braking energy regeneration.
The roadster was designed by VW’s design directors, Klaus Bischoff and Thomas Ingenlath. Combining an elegant profile with clean surfaces and innocative details, the Concept Bluesport looks very modern and sporty. The roadster is finished in ‘Flex Silver’ with an orange retractable fabric roof. Volkswagen design is gearing towards short front and rear overhangs next to multi-spoke 19-inch alloy wheels. The Concept BlueSport is shorter than a Golf yet about as wide; the roadster still has utilitarian features such as a 112-litre loadspace under the front hood and an additional 70-litres in the rear.
The Concept Bluesport is a work in progress with no immediate plans for commercial production.