VW BlueSport

[Not a valid template]The BlueSport concept was one of the most important models to debut at this year’s Detroit Show as it essentially confirms earlier rumors supporting that Volkswagen is preparing to introduce a mid-engined, rear-wheel drive roadster by 2011. If you click through, you can check out a new high-resolution gallery of the BlueSport that was released by the German firm.

[Not a valid template]Volkswagen’s Concept Bluesport, one of the stars of the Detroit auto show, is a Mazda MX-5 rival based on a new group platform.

At the moment there’s about a 70 percent chance of the mid-engine rear wheel drive roadster making it into production, according to VW.

The decision will depend on whether SEAT and Audi can also develop their own versions to give VW Group the right economies of scale.

There is no fancy technology – the 1200 kilo (2645 lbs) roadster has a steel body and uses existing Group components with the front suspension, for example, from the new Golf. Everything about the car is production ready.

The engine for the Detroit show car is a 2.0 TDi with 180PS mated to a 6-speed DSG dual clutch transmission; CO2 emissions are just 113g/km with 0-62mph acceleration in just 6.6 seconds and a top speed of 142mph. It has an automatic start-stop system.

A 1.4 TSI version is in the pipeline for the Geneva motor show in March and if reaction here in Detroit and again in Geneva is positive, then the chance of the car being built will increase considerably.


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