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Old 06-08-2009, 06:49 PM   #1
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Default 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.



Even 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.


With 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.


The 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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http://carscoop.blogspot.com/2009/06...-high-res.html

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Can't wait for this car.
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Old 06-08-2009, 07:35 PM   #2
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if they made a coupe, I'd get it in a heartbeat.
2.0 GTD diesel that is..
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Old 06-08-2009, 07:40 PM   #3
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That is a very appealing car.
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Old 06-08-2009, 08:05 PM   #4
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let me guess... not coming to the US?!
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Old 06-08-2009, 09:02 PM   #5
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This car is on-again, off-again. I honestly have little hope of it getting built, and if it does, even less hope in it getting brought to the US.
... to bad too, cuz that is one of the nicest looking convertibles i've seen. And this being VW, if it does indeed get built, it probably won't be the 1/2-ass attempt like what GM pulled with the even better looking Sky. Let's just hope that it's quality would be better than the typical VW.
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Old 06-08-2009, 10:13 PM   #6
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It's this type of car that could bring D's back to the spotlight
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Old 06-08-2009, 10:55 PM   #7
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Sigh, This will take the same road as VW fabled 3 wheeled roadster (search for the GX3). I still wish VW had the balls to build the three wheeled car. I wanted one so bad.
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Old 06-08-2009, 11:54 PM   #8
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I want to hate it
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Old 06-09-2009, 12:38 AM   #9
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No MT option what a surprise from VW. Oh well we won't see this car anyways.
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Old 06-09-2009, 09:19 AM   #10
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Will never reach the USDM...
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Old 06-09-2009, 12:11 PM   #11
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I'd so buy this car in a few years with a 250hp or more gas engine. There is no mid-engined affordable car sold currently that I can think of. Just the Elise and Boxster come to mind.
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Old 06-09-2009, 01:15 PM   #12
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thats a classy looking car. it seems more premium than a BMW
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Old 01-21-2012, 01:38 AM   #13
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Looks pretty cool and I think the squat stance lends it a look of some menace and sportiness. The front wheel haunches are really nice. Lets hope it comes to the market with as few changes as possible, particularly the interior. Good job Volkswagen!

According to some news, it was reported that Volkswagen's intends to construct a two-seater, turbodiesel sports car have been announced and retracted so many times fans are dizzy. It seems that those plans might finally be left behind altogether. The car, which first showed up at the Detroit auto show in 2009, does not project the kind of sales the company feels it needs to be able to warrant production.

Read more here: VW Blue Sport roadster plans could be shelved
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Old 01-22-2012, 07:59 PM   #14
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That is very, very attractive.

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Old 01-22-2012, 09:23 PM   #15
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VW management wants to take the top spot in the world in terms of production, I wouldn't expect them to green light a niche car like this.
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Old 01-23-2012, 04:49 PM   #16
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you guys know this is a 3 year old post, right?
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Old 01-23-2012, 05:16 PM   #17
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Most recently, I had heard that not only the down-market Porsche variant would be a no-go, but that Bluesport and R4 may not be built at all, either.
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Old 01-23-2012, 11:16 PM   #18
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Wait, I thought they killed this?!?!


EDIT: Just realized this is a super old post...
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Old 01-24-2012, 12:06 PM   #19
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If the produce this car, it will only steal sale from boxster and audi TT.

Why build product to complete with their own successful product ?!?!??

They should put the R&D money on making a cheap/fun FR instead!
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Old 01-24-2012, 12:47 PM   #20
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This thread is 3 years old. This project is long dead.
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Old 01-24-2012, 03:34 PM   #21
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good thing this isn't OT,
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Old 01-25-2012, 09:59 AM   #22
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Actually before I left VW I saw plans to bring this thing to the US in 2014 and that was last summer so as of last summer it was a go
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Wait, I thought they killed this?!?!


EDIT: Just realized this is a super old post...
update (similar to update by Lyra G), but leans to an Audi R4.
http://carscoop.blogspot.com/2012/01...uction-on.html
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Retractable Hardtop = Buy
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