• Jan 11th 2009 at 2:27PM
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Click above for a live gallery of the Volkswagen Concept BlueSport

Volkswagen's Concept BlueSport should go a long way towards making the term "diesel performance" a household name. While it might seem to be an oxymoron to some, seeing it at the Detroit Auto Show, we can tell you that if it reaches production, everyone will be a believer. While officially just a concept for now (and the interior is a dead giveaway this isn't production-ready), the two-door roadster sports a 2.0-liter turbodiesel four mounted amidships. It puts out 180 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque and pushes just 2,600 pounds via a six-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Expect a 0-60 of 6.2 seconds and a top speed of 140, all while returning about 35 mpg on the European cycle and upwards of 62 mpg in "Eco" mode.

The BlueSport might look a lot like an Audi TT with a Scirocco nose, but unlike its corporate sibling, the mid-engine layout provides a 45:55 front-to-rear weight distribution. It's also a tidy package at just over 13 feet in length, with a 96-inch wheelbase, a front track of 58.5 inches and a rear track of 60 inches. So it's about the same size as the TT, but in reverse. In person it seems much smaller than the Audi and reminds us of the Porsche Boxster more than anything, which isn't a bad thing. Stylist Walter da Silva explained his design inspiration in great detail for the assembled masses, unfortunately he did it in Italian, without subtitles, so we have no idea what he said. We did understand what Volkswagen Chairman Martin Winterkorn said, and that was that VW is officially committed to growth with cars that will continue to offer maximum excitement with minimum consumption, and the BlueSport is a perfect example of that philosophy. We say build it and bring it, ASAP. Hit the jump for all the details in the pres release.

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Detroit 2009: World Premiere of the Concept BlueSport

Volkswagen celebrates comeback of the compact roadster
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.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      I think VW should build this and kill the Bug.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It looks like it was an Audi concept that they changed to a VW at the last momment...

      I like it though!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like it. :)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Me Too. Put the 2.0T and 2.0TDI in it, magnetic ride, and price it at the entry price of the S2000 - this would fill that small, light, fun, attractive two door sports car niche nicely. Come to think of it, it's the perfect time for VW to release a car like this.
      • 6 Years Ago
      They wont build it. Remember the bus and the new beetle dune?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I guess the domestics should announce 2,000lb concept cars.

      This is complete bunk. If Audi knew how to make this car weigh 2600lbs in production, the TT wouldn't weigh over 3,000 (AFTER an aluminum redo).
        • 6 Years Ago

        The Scirocco weighs 2,862 lbs.

        If they can lop 300 lbs off of a GTI while still widening the track, who's to say they can't build a smaller purpose-built sports car that weighs only 200 lbs less than that?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Also, I wanted to note, take a look at the interior. Its spartan. It doesn't have the dual zone climate control, 6 cd player, 10 speakers, blah blah blah that's standard on a TT. I'd imagine that this attitude plays out on all the stuff you can't see also.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm thinking VAG may have learned a few things after the MkII TT. 2600lbs may be one too many hits of the crack pipe or it may be a real earnest effort on VAG's part, the R8 V10 is barely heavier than the R8 (when talking total vehicle weight) so I won't be that surprised if VAG manages to keep this thing between 2600lbs and 2800lbs in production trim, mostly because they're investing tons of money in lightening their cars and future cars - and the whole not being cash strapped helps.

        Also, Domestics have that covered, with the chrysler 200C, and their host of electric-never-too-see-the-light-of-day concepts they've hedged their bets in the most ridiculous concept war.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Sign me up!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      The shapes seem to have been channelled from a Nissan 3x0Z.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Stunning! Who said the Detroit Show would be boring? No hoopla, but still the cars keep coming!

      VW... word of advise, bring this car to the good'ole USA!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Indeed, I'd buy it with either of VAG's 2.0L Federalized powerplants (2.0TDI and 2.0T). Light, Mid engined, Awesome modern looks, i'd put a deposit down - esp given how amazing the sirocco has been doing in the handling department... This thing will be a phenomenal drive for the price if they can keep it under $30,000 and include the magnetic ride which makes the Sirocco such a stand out.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i hope the next beetle takes design cues from this car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I hope VW builds this in Chattanooga...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like it also, very nice concept...Hopefully it makes it to the market...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't think 2600 lbs. is THAT far out of reach. Compared to the TT, we're talking about a car that is smaller in every dimension, a 2 seater, not 4, 4 airbags instead of 6 or 8, low on interior options and a small ragtop. 2600 lbs. could be achievable with a stripped out model and a 2.0T/manual combo. Ambitious? yes. Impossible? I hope not! Bring it, VW.
      A fun, low weight, but solid feeling car that communicates and handles for a low price will remind us all what the company was all about before the mid 90s.
      • 6 Years Ago
      this is really great. it looks better on the live pics than the ones they released before. i think the combination of brand (cheaper than audi and BMW), plus the drivetrain is great. the diesel engine being economical and powerful is a great combination. even if the car might not suit your taste the drivetrain and chasis is really worth while.Vote Autoblog!
        • 6 Years Ago
        :D no prob. twice a day should be enough and not problematic. :D
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