2009 Detroit Auto Show: Volkswagen BlueSport Concept

Article by Christian Andrei, on January 25, 2009

The new Volkswagen Concept BlueSport is the latest addition from the German manufacturer which offers maximum driving fun with minimal fuel consumption! Why we say minimal fuel consumption?

Because the new concept is powered by a clean diesel engine, with common rail injection and downstream NOx storage catalytic converter delivers dynamic performance, capable to deliver an impressive 180 hp (132 kW) (although it was not confirmed we are sure that this is a 2.0-liter TDI engine).

The engine is connected to a 6-speed DSG dual clutch transmission which transfers the power to the rear wheels. The sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) is made in just 6.6 seconds while the top speed is limited to 226 km/h (147 mph).

Due to the fact that the vehicle integrates two technologies that are part of the so-called Eco mode, automatic start-stop system and energy regeneration (both of them deliver an additional fuel savings of up to 0.2 liter per 100 kilometers in city driving), the vehicle delivers an impressive fuel consumption of just 4.3 l/100 km or 54.7 mpg.

As you can see from the photos the Concept BlueSport was unveiled in a Flex Silver finish with an orange fabric convertible top while at the interior we find an easy to operate touchscreen and veather upholstered seats in lightweight construction with their single-piece seatbacks.

Volkswagen started off the year 2009 with a bang at the North American International Auto Show. The company unveiled the Concept BlueSport roadster vehicle during the renowned motoring show. The car’s promise: unparalleled driving experience for lesser fuel.

According to Prof. Martin Winterkorn, Volkswagen’s Board Chairman who attended the 2009 NAIAS, the BlueSport is an expression of the Volkswagen’s signature of fuel efficiency and driving dynamics. The Chairman also revealed that the roadster Concept BlueSport carries a 180 PS Clean Diesel engine under the hood.

Press Release

World Premiere of the Concept BlueSport

Maximum driving fun with minimal fuel consumption: This is the standard by which Volkswagen is starting the new car year 2009 and is presenting the roadster Concept BlueSport at the North American International Auto Show. "The BlueSport proves to be a compact and passionate car with a clear Volkswagen signature. The car offers pure dynamics with a powerful 180 PS Clean Diesel engine that is combined with the characteristic Volkswagen philosophy of efficiency," confirmed Volkswagen's Chairman of the Board, Prof. Martin Winterkorn in Detroit.

The Concept BlueSport is making its appearance at the car show in Detroit with a Flex Silver exterior and orange fabric convertible top. "It is the symbiosis of outstanding technology and timeless Volkswagen design that makes this car an exceptional sports car.

Its styling is clear and is reduced to the essentials; the car body itself has a lean and linear structure", explains Volkswagen chief designer Walter de Silva. The interior shows finesse in details and conveys a high level of technological fascination. Immediately visible to the eye is the intuitive and easy to operate touchscreen. Perfectly adapted to the interior are the leather upholstered seats in lightweight construction with their single-piece seatbacks.

Behind the two sport seats of the 3.99 meter long Concept BlueSport, a 132 kW / 180 PS strong Clean Diesel (TDI) with common rail injection and downstream NOx storage catalytic converter delivers dynamic performance.

A 6-speed DSG dual clutch transmission – the most economical and agile transmission system in the world – transfers power to the rear wheels. In just 6.6 seconds the sports car is moving at 100 km/h; its top speed is 226 km/h. Also having a positive impact on the car's low fuel consumption of just 4.3 l/100 km and reduced emissions are two technologies that are part of the so-called Eco mode: an automatic start-stop system and energy regeneration. Together they propel the Concept BlueSport to an additional fuel savings of up to 0.2 liter per 100 kilometers in city driving.

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