Volkswagen’s Bluesport roadster could eventually be sold by Seat and Audi, as the VW Group searches for ways to make production of the diesel two-seater cost-effective.
The BlueSport has been designed to be reconfigured with unique bodies and different dimensions.
Project leader Marco Fabiano told Autocar that the car’s new mid-engined platform has been designed in a modular fashion that allows not only varying wheelbase lengths but also different track widths.
“It can even take a six-cylinder engine,” said Fabiano. “The only fixed point within the platform is the position of the rear bulkhead and the transverse mounting of the engine.”
While neither Seat or Audi has committed, it is believed at least one of them will need to get involved to provide the economies of scale necessary to price the production car at £20,000.
Porsche is unlikely to get the car, however. Rumours that the firm would use the rear-wheel-drive chassis for a new entry-level roadster in the spirit of the 914 have been refuted by insiders.