Volkswagen BlueSport roadster concept. Click image to enlarge

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Volkswagen BlueSport roadster concept

Detroit, Michigan – Volkswagen today unveiled its BlueSport roadster concept, a mid-engined, two-seat convertible. It is powered by a 2.0-litre Clean Diesel TDI engine making 180 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque, and capable of achieving a fuel economy rating of 4.3 L/100 km.

By routing that power through a six-speed dual-clutch transmission, Volkswagen claims the BlueSport can spring from zero to 100 km/h in 6.6 seconds, and a top speed of 226 km/h. In terms of practicality, it offers 182 litres of cargo space, split between front and rear cargo holds and its 50-litre fuel capacity allows for up 1,150 km of highway cruising. The BlueSport concept is not a hybrid, but regenerative braking during deceleration saves fuel by disengaging the alternator, and an engine start/stop function shuts the motor down when the car is stopped at red lights.

An ultra-light convertible top (the lightest in its class, at 27 kg, according to VW) and aluminum front and rear hoods contribute to the car’s frugal fuel consumption figure. VW says the BlueSport’s curb weight is about 1,200 kg. That weight is distributed 45/55 per cent, front/rear.

The BlueSport wears design elements that VW says will eventually be shared with the brand’s entire line-up. These include the narrow radiator grille, LED turn-signal flashers and LED taillights.

No production timeline was given for the roadster bodystyle; more likely, the fuel saving technologies will find their way into existing and future VW models.

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