VW BlueSport Mid-Engined Roadster Concept with 180HP Diesel Achieves 55MPG

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Sporty, good looking and extremely frugal; what else could one ask from a two-seater roadster? VW's long-awaited Concept BlueSport made its debut at the 2009 Detroit Show. Even though the German automaker makes no word of a production version, we're all crossing our fingers that the roadster study will get the green light. Behind the two bucket seats of the 3.99 meter long Concept BlueSport, there's 180HP strong 2.0-liter turbocharged Clean Diesel (TDI) engine that transfers power to the rear-wheels via 6-speed DSG dual clutch transmission.

Volkswagen Concept BlueSport RoadsterWith this unit that produces 350Nm of torque, the Concept BlueSport can sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 6.2 seconds (0-100 km/h: 6,6 seconds) while its top speed is 140 mph (226 km/h). Even more impressive is the car's excellent fuel economy rating of 55 mpg U.S. (4,3 l/100 km) that is combined with an ultralow CO2 level of 113 g/km CO2. Two features that help the mid-engined, soft-top roadster achieve these figures is the automatic start-stop system and the brake energy regeneration system.

Technical data of the Volkswagen concept car Concept BlueSport

Volkswagen Concept BlueSport

Body / Chassis


Length

3,990 mm

Width

1,745 mm

Height

1,260 mm

Track, front

1,490 mm

Track, rear

1,520 mm

Front suspension

McPherson suspension

Rear suspension

Multi-link system



Engine


Configuration

4 cylinder TDI,
2.0 liter displacement

Max. power
at engine speed

132 kW / 180 PS
at 4,200 rpm

Max. torque
at engine speed

350 Nm
at 1,750 rpm



Drivetrain / Wheels


Transmission

6-speed direct shift

Final drive

Rear-wheel drive

Tires, front

235/35 ZR19

Tires, rear

245/35 ZR19



Performance / Economy


0-100 km/h

6.6 seconds

0-60 mph

6.2 seconds

V/max

140 mph / 226 km/h

Fuel consumption (Euro 6)

4.3 liter/100 km / 55 mpg

CO2 emissions*

113 g/km

* in Eco mode:
Start-stop & regeneration




Colors


Exterior paint

Flex silver

Convertible top

Orange

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