Volkswagen's BlueSport roadster has been given the green light to go into production, according to Auto Express' sources in Germany. This stunning Roadster, a mid-engined two-seater, impressed crowds when it debuted at the 2009 Detroit Motor Show with its combination of sports car features and an economical diesel engine.
Insiders said that a showroom-ready design is being finalized before testing on the engineering prototypes begins. The production car is styled very closely to the original show car. This is obvious in the illustrations we've obtained of the new car's appearance. The VW face, with its sleek headlights and a narrow, horizontal grille, will be carried over from the Golf and Scirocco. The production version gets a set of LED daytime running lamps.
With compact dimensions, the BlueSport is shorter and lower than the Golf, but has almost the same width -- giving it a squat, muscular stance. With regards to the interior, VW replaced the bespoke-style of the concept with an understated and sporty design, similar to other performance VWs such as the Scirocco.
The production car is more practical with its mid-engined layout since there are storage spaces in the front and rear. Weight is reduced with the use of an ultra-light aluminum chassis as well as a manually operated canvas folding roof. The car weighs 1,200kg, similar to many of its rivals, including Mazda's MX-5.
The production roadster will be powered by any of the following: the show car's 178bhp 2.0-liter diesel the turbo and supercharged 1.4 TFSI engine from the Polo GTI, and the Golf GTI's 2.0-liter turbo unit.
Standard equipment includes a six-speed manual gearbox while VW's dual-clutch DSG set-up will be available as an option. The diesel version can accelerate from zero to 60mph in around six seconds. But because of its regenerative braking and stop-start, it's very efficient too. VW claims that the vehicle has a fuel economy of 45mpg and sub-120g/km CO2 emissions.