VW Concept Blue Sports Breaks Cover

VW Concept Blue Sports
VW Concept Blue Sports

Volkswagen's Concept Blue Sports premieres in Detroit as a study in combining great fuel economy with a sporty drive and looks. The roadster measures some four metres in length but weighs less than 1200 kg (2646 lbs). VW has put a turbo diesel engine in it and that tips the performance scales even more in its favour.

The engine is a 2.0-litre TDI that makes 180 PS (132 kW / 178 bhp) from 4,200rpm and a hefty torque of 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) made from just 1,750 rpm. Said to be capable of a 0-100 km/h time of 6.6 seconds and a top speed of 226 km/h (140 mph), the Blue Sports concept emits just 113 g/km in C02 gasses. It averages 4.3 litres per 100km (54.7 mpg-US/ 66 mpg-UK) in fuel consumption.

Not to be classified as a lightweight with no proper credentials, the car runs on massive 235/35 ZR19 tyres front and 245/35 ZR19 rear. The gearbox is VW's trusted quick-shifting DSG with six forward gears and one reverse.

Technologies adopted are bi-xenon LED headlights outside, a touchscreen that controls infotainment sources inside and an easy-to-use top that can be removed in seconds. Could the Concept Blue Sports be pointing towards a future Scirocco cabriolet? Time will tell.

Detroit 2009: World Premiere of the Concept BlueSport

Volkswagen celebrates comeback of the compact roadster

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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khlbt khlbt
What a beauty, very slick...so VW, when are you going to release this model so i can get my hands on one...cheers
Aug 20th, 2010 4:44am
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sampashi sampashi
I love the styling! Sorry for saying this but I'm not one that thinks VW's are cool but this one looks really awesome! Found a video of it in action http://www.carszine.com/car-videos/Volkswagen-Blue-Sport-Concept-car
Jan 21st, 2010 9:21am
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Franko Franko
That is the stuff, VW Expanding... like to see what the Porsche pests will do bout this....
Jan 12th, 2009 11:39pm
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weezychest weezychest
Na, not for me. Id rather ride my Ducati hehehe
Jan 12th, 2009 10:31pm
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The_woo_factor The_woo_factor
I love it! Good job VW!
Jan 12th, 2009 3:31pm
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Joe_Limon Joe_Limon
Amazing looking car! the small diesel will work wonders in it! but I think vw is shooting themselves in the foot again. 55mpg? If the 70mpg diesel jetta went down to 30mpg in the city, and 43 on the highway, what are we supposed to expect from this car? 28/35?
Jan 12th, 2009 2:40pm
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kevoluetion kevoluetion
Very nice roadster...but looks too much like the TT
Jan 12th, 2009 1:16pm
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stillthewhizz stillthewhizz
Good effort from VW. First the Scirroco and now this, they maybe getting their act together at last. The girls will love this.
Jan 12th, 2009 10:23am
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Bristol411S3 Bristol411S3
Half a TT, half a Honda S2000. Looks neat and sounds fascinating. Evo magazine details it next month and I hope they get a drive too.
Jan 12th, 2009 6:40am
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WildMaverick1200 WildMaverick1200
WOW!! It's extremely fast and yet more efficient than a hybrid.
Jan 12th, 2009 4:11am
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I'm generally not a fan of small convertibles, but this car is fantastic! I'd be very interested to see a coupe variant. -On a side note...and I say this in all seriousness...the rear haunches remind me a bit of an R8
Jan 12th, 2009 3:39am
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muellr muellr
It does look like an R8! no doubt.
Jan 12th, 2009 4:54am
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giga-games giga-games
i agree with NISMO/looks very audi(r8)
Jan 12th, 2009 7:13am
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politz politz
Wow, very nice approach to VW's new design direction... much better than the dull Golf and the bland Up!
Jan 12th, 2009 1:56am
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darxider darxider
beautiful and very efficient, I looooovvvvveeeee it :-)
Jan 11th, 2009 11:39pm
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daviepops daviepops
Stunningly attractive design concept ... 10/10 for originality VW at a time when very few new models actually look fresh and different ... this will sell in large numbers when/if it comes on the market (but hopefully without the garish day glow orange soft top).
Jan 11th, 2009 10:59pm
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lucifa lucifa
it's a similar shape to the audi tt, but much better looking. good job VW!
Jan 11th, 2009 9:48pm
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Scuderia-Paul Scuderia-Paul
Looks pretty cool and I think the squat stance lends it a look of some menace and sportiness. The front wheel haunches are really nice. Lets hope it comes to the market with as few changes as possible - Particularly the interior. Good job Volkswagen.
Jan 11th, 2009 8:43pm
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ivanadrive ivanadrive
So this must be the platform for the baby Boxster I reckon.
Jan 11th, 2009 8:24pm
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catchmyshadow catchmyshadow
looks great. good job VW
Jan 11th, 2009 8:11pm
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Tuner_Mad Tuner_Mad
With the Led lights on, that is gonna be one mean look in your rear view mirror.
Jan 11th, 2009 8:07pm
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ShinyG ShinyG
"VW has put a turbo diesel engine in it and that tips the performance scales even more in its favour." Even more compared to what!? I'm sure the 2.0 TFSI engine would have been cheaper while giving better performance. Consumption would have been up so then, the car couldn't have been called "Blue Sports"... I'm sure the production version will have both engine options. Anyway, nice concept as far as design goes! I hope that if they build it, they keep the interior and not just drop the Golf interior in like they did with the Scirocco!
Jan 11th, 2009 7:58pm
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