• Jun 5th 2009 at 2:28PM
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After getting an exclusive first drive of the Volkswagen BlueSport roadster, the lucky scribes from AutoWeek write of the machine as if it's headed for production. This is contrary to earlier reports coming from an unnamed VW insider which indicated that the program had been placed on hold due to the dire state of the global economy.

We hope AW's right about the BlueSport's production possibilities, especially after reading about how close to production-ready the roadster appears to be. If the German automaker does find a way to build the BlueSport, it will reportedly show up in in the States in 2013 starting for somewhere around $30,000, depending on the powerplant that VW decides to place behind the two occupants.

The turbocharged, direct-injected diesel mill currently in the concept, which VW says delivers nearly 42 miles per gallon in everyday driving, could very well be joined by at least one of VW's gasoline-burning units – possibly the 265-horsepower 2.0-liter installed in the Audi S3 and Volkswagen's own Scirocco R and Golf R. As always, we'll keep our eyes and ears open for more details as they become available.

[Source: Auto Week]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      oh thats worth every penny for 30k USD...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I like it. I doubt we'll see it here in the States, though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Build it!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wish...but the situation reminds me of the Dodge Demon from a few years back.

      Back then everyone was touting about how it was all but production ready, cheap, fast, and blah blah blah.

      The 2-door roadster segment isn't exactly huge either, but I guess will open up a bit since the Sky and Solstice won't be in production anymore.
      • 6 Years Ago
      One can hope this car becomes a reality.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I dont think the market is clamoring for 30K anythings right now. VW needs to either offer this as a more basic roadster in the low 20s, or sell it as a Porsche for 35... or do both.
        • 6 Years Ago
        A Porsche for 35K????

        Are you nuts?

        Audi, maybe.

        Again.... NO TRANSVERSE PORSCHES! No new porsches below $40k USD in 2009 dollars. Porsche's lineup has been diluted enough with an SUV and a giant sedan. Porsche has had to up-scale VW and Audi designs before, the 914 and 924... they did it, but it wasn't a clean job. Porsche can design it's own cars, without hand-me-ups from VW/Audi.

        And to another comment... If Diesel is the only option, no matter how "good", it is still a stratified burn engine, still with a low redline, and not as flexible and sporty as a gas engine. This is a sports car. Without a properly flexible and high performance engine, it will INSTANTLY be crossed off my list. Why should the limit it like that?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks a little like the Saturn Sky.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah I actually think it would be a nice design evolution of the current Sky
      • 6 Years Ago
      and we can also hope it doesn't
      • 6 Years Ago
      I hope they do build it and bring it to the US. No one makes an affordable mid-engined car and it looks great.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think they should bring it over with just the TDI engine, the one from the Golf GTD. There's no reason to bring over a gas engine when the diesel is that good. Plus it will probably be a low-margin, small-volume model so keeping the powertrain options simple would reduce costs and make it more likely to be sold in the U.S.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why do I even bother reading Autoblog? "Its official - BlueSport cancelled!"...week later "its official, Bluesport headed for production"...next week "BlueSport officially cancelled, again"...

      Honestly guys, I know news moves fast these days, but is there any credibility to the articles we can read here? Excuse my ignorance if I'm missing the point of blogs, but when something comes out in a print mag, its usually pretty much on the money.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Autoblog used to have a "FROM THE RUMOR MILL:" bit that they used to tag on. I think every one of these articles should have a big "NOT CONFIRMED" disclaimer before the content.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I thought this was all confirmed to be axed?

      If they bring this to the US with the 2.0 TFSI R-spec turbo direct injected gas engine... color me interested.

      Diesels and sports cars are serving two different masters, so to speak, so I wouldn't consider the diesel to be congruent with a mid-engined handling machine.

      They need to adjust the paint pattern on the front end, though. The lower intake is far too wide, and needs to be split into three segments, two taller, and one wider in the center... the dividers that are there need to be painted body color, and brought out.

      If it has more storage space than the unfortunately non-practical MR2 Spyder, it may well give Miata a good run for the money. (impractical small trunk is one thing... a glove box as the only storage is another thing entirely.)

      It certainly looks FAR better than the bar-of-soap Miata, along with the superior mid-engined weight distribution and balance. I say this as a Miata owner, after having test driven the MR2 Spyder.

      The only thing better would be an R4 Audi coupe version of this car, a Junior R8, replacing the TT outright, for ~35k with DSG.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Hey... we have a frunk too, the Spyder can hold a backpack and 3 small-med. duffel bags, and our storage grows with the removal of the passenger seat...

        I really hope they make this, it's the only new car in a feasible price range that I would consider as a replacement for the spyder.
        • 6 Years Ago
        This is mid-engined transverse-RWD

        The drivetrain is not much different at all than front engine transverse-FWD. The cooling lines are longer for the front mounted radiator, but otherwise the whole drivetrain is just transplanted AFT of the seats.

        The MR2 was the same way, basically bits of Corolla and Celica, put into a chassis that houses the engine between the rear wheels, instead of between the front wheels.

        Actually, making it mid-engine FWD would be difficult, and pointless. Mid-engined AWD is also not the easiest thing in the world, and is kind of amazing that R8 and Veyron do it with a longitudinal-mid layout. Porsche's rear-engine longitudinal AWD is easier, and is basically a system that is oriented like a reverse of Audi's longitudinal Quattro, or Subaru's symetrical AWD, but the driveshafts don't have to cross under the engine.

        The third drive shaft would have to reverse it's axial direction, and go through, around, or under the engine, back up to the front of the car, with a mid-engined layout. Not really ideal for wide-across-the-chassis transverse drivetrains. Porsche, and BMW do AWD with driveshafts/differential jack-shafts through the engine's oil-pan. But that adds a lot of cost and tight tolerances.

        The real drawback to Transverse, vs Longitudinal, is the unequal driveshaft length, due to the transaxle being side-by-side offset to the engine, on the flywheel side. That usually makes that side driveshaft short (limiting suspension travel and angle) and the off-side driveshaft long, or jointed, or both. With them not being nearly identical, there tends to be a torque differential effect between the two sides. In FWD, with a steering system, it adds to torque steer.

        Hopefully on a mid-transverse sports car, a torque-biasing differential would be installed to help traction, and stabilize torque application. But it still isn't as truly ideal as Boxster/Cayman's low boxer engine, and longitudinal drivetrain. But also at hopefully 2/3rds of the price... it will still likely be a nice, good handling car.
        • 6 Years Ago
        can't agree with you more. VW needs to offer it with three engines, all 2.0L in displacement:

        200hp 2.0T (for 25k or so)
        2.0TDI (for close to 30 for eco freaks)
        and the 265hp 2.0T from the Scirocco R

        but the rub is final drivetrain. VW doesn't sell ANY rwd cars in their entire portfolio. It'd be very difficult for me to see them working thier modular platform to fit RWD into the mix for a niche car they're already saying might not make enough even to substantiate building. We'll see. I'm a VW guy and i'd hate to see this mid engined fwd. mid engined awd? for 30k? only if its packing the S3/TT-S powerplant.

        I'd wager that's what vw's struggling with now. Not the cost but where to place it in terms of market.
        • 6 Years Ago
        This current design actually works into the big VAG picture in at least a couple ways. The boxster and cayman currently use a longitudinal platform, but if they switched to transverse (like this car), they could share aaaalll sorts of parts with VAG. On the flip side, VW/Audi can have a specially-developed sports car that is compatible with all of their existing transverse motors/tech. In this case, I think Porsche would largely develop its own motors.
        • 6 Years Ago
        BTW, the marker lights are kind of cool...

        I wonder if the amber turn signals are the scallop under the high beam headlight, similarly. That would be slick.
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