• Jan 11, 2009
Click above for a gallery of the Volkswagen Bluesport

The term "diesel performance" is an oxymoron to the majority of the public, but if the Volkswagen Bluesport makes it to production, these two diametrically-opposed words could have new meaning.

Later today at the Detroit Auto Show, Volkswagen will take the wraps off the Bluesport concept, a two-door roadster packing a mid-mounted 2.0-liter turbodiesel four putting out 180 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. With around 2,600 pounds to motivate the Bluesport, VW estimates a run from 0 to 60 in 6.2 seconds, a top speed of 140 and, just as importantly, 35 mpg on the European cycle. UPDATE: According to official numbers from VW, we're actually talking an amazing 57 mpg in Eco mode.

The power from the mid-mounted diesel will be sent to a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox mounted closer to the front of the car and resulting in a 45:55 front-to-rear weight distribution. The overall length is just over 13 feet, with a wheelbase of 96 inches, a front track 58.5 inches and a rear track of 60 inches. Two storage areas – one frunk and another mounted behind the engine – result in 182 liters of cargo area.

It's a compelling package that we're looking forward to scooping out in person. Check back this afternoon for more.


[Sources: Auto Motor und Sport, MotorAuthority]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Wonderful concept. I think this engine is a great match, a diesel mid-engined sports coupe, all the fun, not all the eco-guilt. I just wish VW would bring some of these products online. They have had a few great concepts in recent years, only to never see any light of day. Also they have designed these great looking concept interiors, but none of their shapes have still made it to production. I love the fact there are no truly visible air vents. I think the execution on putting the air vents "behind the scenes" and not so prominent on the dash is a great thing and I love the way VW has done it on this vehicle. I am really into design and aesthetics and I think this ventless look would be a nice look of future production cars.
      • 6 Years Ago
      VW just out-TT'd the TT.

      I can dig it.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I thought the exact same thing in regard to the TT. This is so cool, hope they build it but also have the option of there 2.0L turbo on pump gas. make it with 220 or more hp and they would have a little rocketship at 2600lbs.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm mainly talking about looks and features. not 'what-wheel-drive' their layout is.
        • 6 Years Ago
        TT is front engine front wheel drive. This car is mid-engine RWD. It has nothing to do with TT.
        • 6 Years Ago
        also interior looks a lot like a BMW Z4 (the new one)
      • 6 Years Ago
      haha, frunk.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Want. I would like an actual grille, but this looks fine.
        • 6 Years Ago
        What do you need the grill for? :)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Plus, it's mid-engine. Having a smaller or lack of grill helps expose this fact to anyone on first sight.

        I like it the way it is :)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Does it come with a gas engine option?

      Diesel is good. Good for torque, and good for fuel economy. Not good for quick revs, or high revs.

      This car probably has a 4000-4500 RPM redline, and while having stump-pulling grunt, it probably won't have wind-up thrills or a ripping exhaust note.

      Put a 6 cylinder gas engine in it, or even a turbo direct injected 4, with the DSG... not bad. Doesn't even need R32's AWD... If it has a trunk that can pack a weekend's worth of luggage and accoutrements, it will be a nice little car. VW might actually take MR2's legacy, if it is appropriately priced.

      A coupe version of this mid-engine vehicle wouldn't be amiss, either.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The idea is sound and I'm sure the drive would be great but this thing is just a bore to look at.
      • 6 Years Ago
      180hp is good
      6.2 secs is good
      but does it still make this nagging diesel sound ???
      coz if it does all this 180hp,6.2 secs will be worthless.
      • 6 Years Ago
      torque + light+ mid-engine = snap oversteer

      if they dont sort out the suspension properly, this will never see the light of day
        • 6 Years Ago
        That's torque + light+ mid-engine + lifting in a corner = snap oversteer. I'm sure like any other rear wheel drive available these days, this car will come with an alphabet soup of electronic nannies to keep the back end in line.
      • 6 Years Ago
      VW needs THIS, with THAT engine. NOT the CC or Phaeton.
      • 6 Years Ago
      well i could see this car with the diesel engine, with the 2.0tsi and with the 1.4 tsi super charged and turbo charged making 170hp
        • 6 Years Ago
        would be AWESOME with those engine choices. I just hope that they don't EOS this poor thing, with a starting price in the 30k range... if it's priced competitively with the MX-5, Solstice, etc it'd be a real winner.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I doubt this car will make it to production with anything near 2600 lbs weight.

      Also, I think this car would sell a lot better with a normally aspirated 2.0L engine in it making the same HP and after changing the gearing for the higher redline, the same torque at the wheels too. And it'll shed weight in the process.
        • 6 Years Ago
        LS7, the production Scirocco is already 2850, and this thing's dimensions/packaging are smaller/more efficient.

        VW doesn't make NA motors because their business model guesses that turbo motors will be in every car everywhere in twenty years.

        Diesels are fine for performance as long as you drive them very casually. Having a mountain of torque right above 1000 RPM means you can shift to high gears, which means each gear will last longer. Its ironic that DSG kind of negates the advantage of having to shift less though.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I dunno. Decent efficiency, decent performance, mid-engined exotic appeal, and good looks are difficult to argue with. I agree a 2.0T would shed a bit of weight and offer higher revving, but I think "diesel performance" is something I could get used to. The aesthetics alone are more compelling than either the previous MR-Spyder or current MX-5 (I've always had a soft-spot for the MX-5's handling). If it handles even half as well, I could see this doing well, once the recession is over and people are back to buying their weekend cars. Seems to me, this is just VW trying to build an intelligent, value-priced exotic rather than all-out sports car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah, Diesel is good for a cruiser, but I don't see it for shift and rev happy sporting driving. 180HP diesels sounds nice, but it will likely never make T2B5 tuned like that.

        Why is that VW can't build a decent non turbo engine.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I would imagine the 1.4 twin charged to be the most fitting option. the 2.0t would be a bit under driven so larger then need be. Unless ofcourse they gave it the 265hp 2.0t in which case YIPPIE!!!!!!

        VW doesnt have any good n/a engines.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Also, I think this car would sell a lot better with a normally aspirated 2.0L engine in it making the same HP "

        Actually, this car would sell a lot better if VW used an engine they already have vs a fantasy power plant not currently in production, such as the 2.0T or even the 1.4 TSI (which will undoubtedly be the direction they take).
        • 6 Years Ago
        its true, the gas engine would weigh less and its lower peak torque would put less stress on the rest of the power-train, saving weight there as well
        • 6 Years Ago
        that defeats the whole purpose of the concept... way to americanize the car there... while we're at it, lets give Europe the diesel, and we'll just settle for the gas engine... sounds like an Exxon dream
      • 6 Years Ago
      After screwing the public out of the GX3 AND the Concept R, they had better bring this damn thing to market, lol!
        • 6 Years Ago
        They should, this is the long rumored VW cheap Mid-Engine / R4 (if it comes to fruition) platform.
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