Volkswagen BlueSport roadster concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

These days, an auto giant like the Volkswagen Group can hardly justify a new platform unless it can amortize the cost across numerous variants. Fortunately, VW has enough brands in its portfolio to do exactly that.

Just as the same platform underpins the Volkswagen Polo, Audi A1, Skoda Fabia and Seat Ibiza (none of which, of course, are available in North America), and another underpins the Volkswagen Touareg, Audi Q7 and Porsche Cayenne, so will the company's next mid-engine roadster platform be distributed into numerous models across the corporate tree. The project has been several years in the making, but as development speeds towards production, Autocar has some details on what to expect.

The platform is expected to breed a production version of the above-pictured Volkswagen BlueSport that started it all a couple of years ago, as well as an Audi R4 and Porsche 550 revival. While both the Audi and Porsche are expected to offer 2.0-liter turbo fours, the engines are tipped to be entirely different: an inline for the Audi and a flat-four boxer for the Porsche. The R4 is rumored to get a diesel powerplant as well, while the VW is expected to start with a 1.4-liter turbo four. Output for the different versions is expected to range from 170 to 380 horsepower.

Power isn't all that will separate one model from the other, however. The styling, for one, is expected to take different directions, the Volkswagen fitting into that brands straight-edge styling language, the R4 taking its sharp cues from the e-tron concept and the Porsche taking a more rounded, retro approach reminiscent of the 550 Spyder of yore.

Pricing and market position will also define one model as distinct from another, the Volkswagen targeting the Mazda MX-5, the Audi taking the place that BMW's Z3 once held (and could once again), with the Porsche taking top position just under the next-generation Boxster. In other words, no lack of choices, and all of them with the wind auf dein kopf.


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      PeterK
      • 3 Years Ago
      "wind auf dein kopf" hahahha ;) aber es ist trotzdem schön hier mal was deutsches zu lesen! I guess the author forgot how many Germans actually read Autoblog..
      Thomas
      • 3 Years Ago
      'wind auf dein kopf'??? you guys seriously need to refresh your german!
      Dennis Baskov
      • 3 Years Ago
      VW mid engine roadster does sound interesting. American VW lineup could use some diversity.
      Engineous
      • 3 Years Ago
      On a side note I cringe every time I think of VW and their sales goals. It's like they have the old GM play book and they are set on executing it to a T. I can't help but think of the Fierro when I think of the new VW making a MR car. I'll laugh out loud the first time I read a blog post on AB about the new VW catching on fire.
        graphikzking
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Engineous
        I understand VW doesn't have bulletproof reliability but if they are making a MR car I'd take a look at it. They do make the R8. They also have the engineers from Porsche over there working in collaboration so I'd consider them a serious contender on that front. Now if the bean counters get ahold of it and throw that damn 2.5 liter 150hp engine in there it'll be a complete and utter disaster. If it does end up with the 170 hp turbo 4 - that would be nice - but it will have to be light enough (sub 2600lbs) to compete with the new Miata (which they stated will have 170hp and get close to 40mpg and weight less than the current model). I wish Dodge would buy a Hyundai 4 banger and put it into their Demon Concept. That would be a hoot. 200hp / 30mpg combined. Or 270hp turbo4 and 28mpg combined. http://www.seriouswheels.com/2007/2007-Dodge-Demon-Roadster-Concept-Side-Studio-1280x960.htm http://www.seriouswheels.com/cars/top-2007-Dodge-Demon-Roadster-Concept.htm
      Engineous
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice for VW, blah for Audi, and disappointing for Porsche. I think the association of these three brands pulls all of their credibility to the middle.
      lorenzo
      • 3 Years Ago
      didnt AB announce this whole program was completely dead.....like not that long ago? Or was that Auto Week.....
      batteryrecycling
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why don't we focus on building and selling vehicles that don't take fuel. I hate seeing us spend money on these oil barrels!
        the.ting
        • 3 Years Ago
        @batteryrecycling
        "Us"? Speak for yourself. EVs aren't ready for prime-time yet, as shown by the Nissan LEAF and the problems the owners are now facing. Lack of charging stations, charge time, and limited range. It's good for the daily commute and other routine runs and that's about it. Not saying it's bad, it's great for a specific purpose. I'd much rather see a diesel-electric hybrid in the meantime.
      Alex
      • 3 Years Ago
      Please make this car! VW needs some pizazz. I wouldn't buy it... but I'd sure as hell love to see more mid-engined cars on the road. Hell, stuff multiple turbos and a 6 cylinder in here and finally bring some pain to the GT-R! The more ridiculous the better, cars are so boring these days... v6 in the front, four doors in the back, make it sound "green" and call it a day.
      Rich
      • 3 Years Ago
      A non gay VW convertible? Now that's thinking!
      the.ting
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice, but will it be FWD only? If so, no thanks.
        LBJAY02
        • 3 Years Ago
        @the.ting
        Do the words "mid-engine roadster platform" have any meaning to some people????
        the.ting
        • 3 Years Ago
        @the.ting
        And... knowing the corporate culture, it wouldn't be the first time a RE/RWD concept turns into FE/FWD by the time it reaches production. Nowhere in the article or in the press have indicated the production roadster would be exactly like the concept. It's been a while since VW has mass produced a RWD car. I'm skeptical.
      Bruce Reeves
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can't wait for the boxer engined 4cyl version of this from Porsche!
      Mark S
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have an older Toyota MR2 which is also a repackaged FWD drivetrain that works quite well despites it's advancing age. I would love to see further development of this arrangement from even US manufacturers (You hear me MOPAR?) and it might even see a Chevy VOLT style come about.
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