Next few months crucial for production decision, says R&D chief
2 December 2009

Volkswagen's head of R&D, Ulrich Hackenberg, says he will find out in the next few months if the VW Bluesport roadster will be given the production go-ahead.

“It’s a personal favourite car of mine,” he said at the LA motor show, “and I would expect a final commitment to its future to be made by the VW Group within the next few months.”

If it is given the go-ahead, the VW Bluesport roadster would go on sale within the next three years.

Powered by a transversely mounted 2.0-litre, four-cylinder diesel engine, the VW Concept Bluesport is a sports car designed with current emissions and budget-sensitive times firmly in mind.

With a kerb weight of less than 1200kg, the roadster has been conceived to appeal to keen drivers. It’s capable of cracking 62mph from rest in 6.6sec and hitting 140mph flat out.

And yet, thanks to its advanced diesel powertrain and modest weight, the car should also be capable of around 50mpg on the combined cycle and better than 60mpg while touring.

Exhaust emissions should be modest and clean too, with VW’s Blue TDI technology bringing CO2 emissions down to just 113g/km. It should keep NOx and particulates emissions low too.

At just under four metres in length, the VW Concept Bluesport is a little longer than a Lotus Elise, but within centimetres of the British roadster’s width and height. Its diesel engine provides 178bhp and 258lb ft of torque.

The VW Concept Bluesport is fitted with a six-speed DSG gearbox and both auto stop-start and brake energy regeneration, which will also be fitted to the Bluemotion version of the latest Golf. Lightweight construction and aluminium panels contribute to the Bluesport’s low kerb weight.

As is still the norm for roadsters at the affordable end of the market, the Bluesport has a manually operated cloth roof that stows behind the seats.

VW claims that, with 112 litres of storage space in its nose and another 70 in the rear, the car can swallow a weekend’s worth of luggage. Boosting its touring credentials is a 50-litre fuel tank, which gives the car a range of more than 700 miles.

Matt Saunders

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R32

2 December 2009

Please Volkswagen build this car - it's just stunning!

3 December 2009

What a load of crap. It will be a laughing stock, a diesel open top sports car!

They are proud of something that is behind the times in car design.

" At just under four metres in length, the VW Concept BlueSport is a little longer than a Lotus Elise, but within centimetres of the British roadster’s width and height. Its diesel engine provides 178bhp and 258lb ft of torque."

1200kgs,a modest weight? it's obese.

An Elise R is 190bhp and 860kgs, more powerful about a 3rd lighter. And 0-60 in 4.9 seconds,as opposed to the VW's 6.6...

This VW is for idiots.

3 December 2009

I very much doubt it will be a 'laughing stock'. VW of all people know what they are doing and have the technology and knowhow to pull this one off!

I don't think that a 0-60 time of 6.6 is bad, plus superb in-gear acceleration, plus excellent economy!

I used to have a VX220 turbo (same car as Elise) ... and what a pile of crap that was! Might have been quick, but a total shambles of a car.

Let the public vote on this one - like the Scirocco - it will be an instant hit!

3 December 2009

Can we start an on-line petition to build this car?!

Its a big thumbs up from me...

R32

3 December 2009

[quote Hmmmm...]

Can we start an on-line petition to build this car?!

[/quote]

Add my name to the petition - and the waiting list!

Don't know how anyone can say it will be a "laughing stock" - I've yet to read a bad review on the car by any journalist who has been lucky enough to drive the prototype. VW should be applauded for considering building a more socially acceptable/responsible sports car than criticised for it. The car looks great, will no doubt have a nice range of engines available, the usual superb VW build quality, strong residuals and should be fairly affordable. It also looks like it will be great fun to drive.

Keep your Elises, I'll have a Bluesport thank you.

3 December 2009

Anything that is diesel is not socially responsible, it's killing us from pollution by the 100's of thousands every year in Europe.

3 December 2009

[quote R32]Add my name to the petition - and the waiting list![/quote]

And mine!

R32

3 December 2009

[quote beachland2]Anything that is diesel is not socially responsible, it's killing us from pollution by the 100's of thousands every year in Europe.
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And of course petrol is 100% safe....

3 December 2009

Yes VW, please do build the Bluesport - SOON! I currently run a Skoda Fabia vRS for economical and entertaining commuting and a Lotus Elise s2 for top-off fun in the sun (and touring France for 2 weeks at a time!). A Bluesport would combine the very best features of both my cars. My name will be high on the waiting list!

3 December 2009

Anything that is diesel is not socially responsible, it's killing us from pollution by the 100's of thousands every year in Europe.

mister bitch in the land:

Lorries should be petrol powered, ships should move to petrol or at least hybrid, planes should move to petrol, powerstations should move to nuclear at least... and then you would pay petrol at what price????

and which petrol??

hum??

... and I agree too, that the Indians should start tieing tight the British too... at least, now is their time!

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