VW released a little fun of their own in Detroit.
Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG
– Jan. 18, 2009
2010 VW BlueSport Roaster concept
Detroit – Not to be left out of the world premiere concept launches at the 2009 North American International Autoshow (NAIAS), VW launched an all-new vehicle that promises maximum driving pleasure while minimizing fuel consumption.
Volkswagen is starting the new year right with the concept roadster called BlueSport. The BlueSport is a compact with clear Volkswagen passion. The car offers a powerful 2.0L TDI producing 179 HP with common rail injection and downstream NOx storage catalytic converter. At a low 1,750 rpm, the 2.0L turbo engine develops its maximum torque of 258 ft.-lbs. A 6-speed, automatic dual clutch transmission transfers this power to the rear wheels.
Fast and fuel efficient
The BlueSport Roadster is capable of 0 to 60 mph in just 6.2 seconds while its top speed of 140 mph takes care of the performance enthusiast bent. And in our world, the roadster allows an amazing 54.7 mpgUS combined on the New European Drive Cycle (NEDC). The car’s low fuel consumption arises from two technologies that are part of the so-called Eco mode: an automatic start-stop system and energy regeneration.
With a 13.2 gallon fuel tank and 54.7 mpg rating, the BlueSport has a range of over 700 miles.
All in, spectacular fuel economy capability and range for a vehicle capable of 2.5 times the legal limit in and around Chicago!
The interior of a sports car should fit as though it were tailor-made. Everything must be ideally set up to reach, operate, control, and must exhibit a high level of aesthetics. This is precisely what Volkswagen has done with the Concept BlueSport.
Climb in and immediately an eye-catching touch screen greets you where all the information and entertainment functions are controlled. Above the touch screen are the three large control dials for the dual-zone automatic climate control system. Visually similar to the climate controls is the light switch located to the left of the steering wheel.
Lightweight, leather-upholstered sport seats with one-piece seatbacks accentuate the welcoming feel. Directly behind the integrated head restraints is the BlueSport’s roll bar.
Concept without compromises
Volkswagen’s mid-engine sports car was designed with low weight yielding maximum performance. At less than 2,700 pounds, the performance in real world situations is impressive with the added benefit of its excellent fuel economy.
A 2-seat roadster with fuel economy capability we have not seen before yet can satisfy the performance enthusiast with a simple step into the throttle. What is not to like