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VW BlueSport Roadster: 30 New High Res Photos of Mid-Engined, RWD Sportscar

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If you want any more proof that Volkswagen's BlueSport roadster concept is heading towards production, just consider the fact that the German firm has not only given the car an internal development code name but it also invited a number of journalists to take the one-off concept for a quick test drive. Furthermore, VW has published a brand new photo album of the car on the road, that you can check out in all its high-res glory after the jump.

VW BlueSport Roadster -  CarscoopEven though VW officials may not publicly admit it, the mid-engined, rear-wheel drive BlueSport roadster that was revealed for the first time at this year's Detroit Show, is essentially a low-cost alternative to the Porsche Boxster.

"The two-seater is still a concept, but as a production car it would have the best talents for turning the segment of compact, genuine sports cars upside down," said VW in a statement. "That is because this roadster is sporty, sustainable and affordable all at once – a people's car and a sports car for a new era."

Developed with a 'back to basics' approach, the concept version of the 3.99 meter long BlueSport roadster is powered by a 2.0-liter TDI turbocharged diesel engine that cranks out 180HP and 350Nm or 258.2-lbs/ft of torque which is transferred to the rear axle through a 6-speed dual clutch transmission with shift paddles on the steering wheel.

VW BlueSport Roadster -  CarscoopWith the 180HP 2.0 TDI, the soft-top roadster that weighs in at less than 1,200kg (2,645-lbs), can sprint from zero to 100 km/h (62mph) in about 6.6 seconds and achieve a top speed of 226km/h or 141mph. Volkswagen claims that the two-seater roadster can deliver an average fuel consumption of just 4.3 liters per 100km (54.7mpg US). In combination with the 50-liter tank, the car's theoretical range is greater than 1,150 kilometers or 715-miles.

If, or rather when the Roadster enters production, expect to see an array of turbocharged gasoline (TSI) and diesel (TDI) engines that will most likely include the 160HP 2.0 TDI, the 1.4 TSI with 122HP as well as the Scirocco R's 265HP 2.0 TSI.

VW BlueSport Roadster -  CarscoopThe German firm promises that in spite of the car's sporty credentials, the roadster still offers a respectable level of everyday utility. In the cargo area under the front hood, the Concept BlueSport can stow 112 liters of luggage while the rear trunk handle an additional 70 liters of cargo. Altogether that makes 182 liters or 20% more space than what the Mazda MX-5 / Miata offers (150 liters).

If all goes well and the BlueSport Roadster receives the final green light for production, the first cars could arrive at VW showrooms around late 2012.


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22 Comments:

Anonymous said... »June 08, 2009

Cheapskate Porsche, why don't just go get a used Boxster

Anonymous said... »June 08, 2009

is this where the TT is heading I wonder????

Anonymous said... »June 08, 2009

oh and anon #1 why go and do anything different at all? cheer up

Nordic said... »June 08, 2009

"Cheapskate Porsche, why don't just go get a used Boxster?"
Because this one is cheaper, prettier and more economical than any Porsche i-wish-i-had-money-to-buy-a-911-Boxster.

The real question is: why should anyone buy this, instead of a MX-5?

Alex said... »June 08, 2009

Maybe because it will most probably cost more to buy and to maintain (mid-engine layout, no experience from VW service centers)

Anonymous said... »June 08, 2009

@Nordic
"The real question is: why should anyone buy this, instead of a MX-5?"

Mid-Engine, Lighter, Diesel.

Michail said... »June 08, 2009

BS; Mazda MX-5 is light enough as is. Ok, maybe i'd crave for a bit more power, but the car is fantastic to drive and it has proven its reliability. What more can you ask for?

Anonymous said... »June 08, 2009

@ Michail:

"What more can you ask for?"

Uh, maybe a decent competitor? Something a little more manly?

BRG said... »June 08, 2009

Agreed that the MX5 is a great sports car but it is still hampered by it's layout. A mid-engine car is simply a better balanced vehicle and more controlled in performance driving.

Anonymous said... »June 09, 2009

I like it very much now but if this is going on sell in 2012, I would have thought it will be a little bit dated by then.

Anonymous said... »June 10, 2009

the rear of the car is just gorgeous. it has the look to be a classic. the front of the car takes some time to get use to, reminds me of a Saturn. The interior might be a bit too modern.

Anonymous said... »June 10, 2009

I like the styling... but would prefer a little more power under the hood.

Anonymous said... »June 10, 2009

As a long time Miata owner I welcome this new VW sporty.
I hope we do have the opportunity to buy this model from VW, but with the economy and the state of the automobile business in crisis, I have my doubts that VW will build this model. .

There are two types of Mid-engine layouts. Mid-rear engine and Mid-front engine. A Mid-rear engine layout does not guarantee good or great handling. The last MR-2 had handling issues, a tendency to 'over rotate', and a less then desirable 'hobby horse' ride in some conditions. I wish Toyota had continued to develop that model.
The Miata has a near 50-50% balance with its near perfect layout.

Miata issues;

Re; "Something a little more manly?"
Obviously you have 'Manly' issues... to affirm those, go get a new Mustang or Challenger The image of those vehicles should support your (dubious) 'Manliness'.

Miata 'power' issues; If you can drive a Miata in the 95+ percentile, you are a very good driver and would understand, that the Miata has plenty of power for those that can use it effectively.

A Knesal ... Portland Oregon

Anonymous said... »June 13, 2009

@ the anonymous post above stating that a 1200kg VW is going to be lighter than the MX-5, check your numbers ;)

Also, do we have any info about if Bluesport is going to have a limited slip diff? I think it's far off, not least because VW has jumped on the "ESP never completely off" bandwagon with the Scirocco and GTI MK6. Which is a problem by itself, by the way.

Anonymous said... »June 15, 2009

Nice, but can you mix a mid engine with a retractable hard top?

Anonymous said... »June 16, 2009

i'm pretty sure a honda s2000 had sex with a first gen audi TT to bring this thing into the world.

Anonymous said... »September 04, 2009

I agree if your going to make the VW Sports lets have it a hard top convert or at least with the additional option like the boxster. As a previous Boxster owner and now Golf GTI owner I feel its about time VW did a sports car, bit would like some power and handling to go with it.
I say bring it on.
Lady Driver, and a good one at that....

mario said... »December 06, 2009

when is this state of art will go in production?

J R said... »November 14, 2011

put me first on the list in the US, but only for the TDI version. My 2 Jettas '00 and '09 with TDI have been AWESOME cars. I did 725 miles on a tank with my '00.

Anonymous said... »February 20, 2012

Love my 03 GTI VR6. Lot of fun. Only complaint is that it is FWD. Double my mpg, give me rwd and mid engine and I think it looks incredible. Sorry, Miata's are girly. For the same reason I wouldn't drive a pink car, won't drive a Miata. Not my style. Hate when people talk about compensating for something, not sure of manhood, yada yada. Just stupid. You like the way a Prius looks? Drives? I have a 6 lb Chihuahua and never cared what people said. Great dog. Told people I didn't need a big dog to protect me. Just a more economical and better looking little dog.

When you have an incredible car like this why wouldn't you have faith in it? And addressing the concerns over handling, performance, etc. When you have Porsche and Audi helping out, are you really worried they don't know what they are doing? Come on.

Let's look at what VW did with the original Beetle and look for a repeat that is far more accepted and successful than, let's say, the Miata. I will take a German car over a Japanese car any day.

I will trade in my GTI asap and will opt for the 265 hp engine, assuming it will get over 35 mpg highway. I drive over 800 miles a week and don't have to pay for the gas, so yea, VW is my favorite and I will definitely go for it.

Oh, and as far as saying that someone who wants more hp than the Miata has doesn't know how to drive is just stupid. You reach a point where you become accustomed to the ability of your vehicle and many people will be ready for the next step. I have gotten used to my 200 hp GTI and even though it is a lot of fun to drive, yea, I am ready for the next step, especialy if the mpg are comparable or even better.

Bring this car.

Emil Wade Dawkins. said... »February 23, 2012

I say, scrap the blue sport and put the liquid cool engine in the rear of the new bug [beetle] and watch sales go through the roof.

Frederick Langston said... »March 12, 2012

Ok change of heart. Watched "Fuel" and I believe I will have to go with the TDI engine. Biodiesel please!

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