Volkswagen Concept BlueSport: High Performance, Low Impact
Motoring Channel Staff - 12/January/2008
Volkswagen Concept BlueSport
Powered by a 2.0-litre turbo diesel, the 132kW
motor uses very little fuel: 4.3 litres per 100km
The interior features a colour touch screen
infotainment system and a simple design theme
The Volkswagen Concept BlueSport makes a
compelling case for an economical sports car
Volkswagen's design department took the
"less is more" approach and it works well
The Concept BlueSport looks dynamic
but the orange roof is a bit of a worry
Detroit, America – Volkswagen revealed a novel concept at the NAIAS Detroit Motor Show in the form of the Concept BlueSport.
new roadster is a trendy looking vehicle with a removable roof and a
sporty stance, powered by an economical (but powerful) turbo
Production ready, the new model would rival vehicles such as the iconic Mazda MX-5.
idea of an economical sports car is not new. Most car makers are
currently working on new hybrid or fully electric sports car products,
but one of the biggest differences of vehicle over its rivals is its weight.
Most modern luxury cars weigh between 1.5 and 2.0 tonnes, but the VW Concept BlueSport is lighter than 1.2 tonnes, or 1200kg.
As car makers such as Lotus have proved, a low weight can lead to big performance even with low power engines.
says the new concept vehicle is about "Maximum driving fun with minimal
fuel consumption" and the BlueSport is expected to be the first of many
concept and eventually production cars that use low weight and diesel
power to achieve ultra-low emissions.
idea of performance diesel cars haven't taken off in Australia yet
(though HSV could change this if the rumours are true), you can't argue
with figures like 6.6 seconds and 226km/h.
2.0-litre turbo diesel (TDI) engine powering the Volkswagen concept car
outputs 132kW (180hp) @ 4200rpm and an impressive 350Nm of torque @
Volkswagen, Germany's largest car maker, says this
allows the smartly designed roadster to accelerate from zero to 100km/h
in 6.6 seconds. It has a top speed of 226km/h (140mph).
But here's where it gets interesting: the BlueSport uses an average of just 4.3 litres of diesel fuel per 100km travelled (55mpg). This makes it more efficient than Toyota's current generation Prius Hybrid, which uses 4.4L/100km.
CO2 of just 113g/km, Volkswagen's new concept car shines the spotlight
on a different path to economical performance.
Detroit at the motor show, Volkswagen's head honcho Martin Winterkorn
said the new model shows a clear VW design, but is also uber-efficient
despite its high levels of performance.
"The BlueSport proves to be a compact and passionate car with a clear Volkswagen signature," commented Winterkorn.
car offers pure dynamics with a powerful 180 PS Clean Diesel engine
that is combined with the characteristic Volkswagen philosophy of
efficiency," added the Volkswagen boss.
Volkswagen is calling the engine a 'Clean Diesel', and this version uses common rail injection
and a downstream NOx storage catalytic converter.
The transmission for the concept is a 6-speed DSG dual clutch transmission which VW claims is "the most
economical and agile transmission system in the world". This gearbox transfers engine 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
litres per 100 kilometres in city driving.
3.99 metres long, the VW Concept BlueSport boasts a bright orange
fabric roof and a contemporary design influenced by the new Golf and
The headlights in particular give the vehicle a convertible Golf appearance, and the design could be described as simple.
chief designer, Walter de Silva, put it this way: "It's styling is
clear and is reduced to the essentials; the car body itself has a lean
and linear structure.
However it is labelled, the tidy design
seems to work and the vents on the rear deck hark back to the days of
the original VW Beetle.
"It is the symbiosis of outstanding
technology and timeless Volkswagen design that makes this car an
exceptional sports car," continued de Silva.
Volkswagen's eye-catching concept car sits on large 19-inch alloy wheels (fitted with 235/35ZR19 front and 245/35ZR19 rear tyres) which have slighter wider tyres at the rear.
to VW, the interior of the car exhibits "finesse in details and
conveys a high level of technological fascination".
techno fascination comprises an intuitive, high resolution touchscreen
infotainment system, lightweight single-piece seatbacks with
leather. upholstery plus LED and xenon lighting systems.
may not have been the most dazzling concept at the Detroit Motor Show
in 2009, but it is one of the most original and it has a simple but
It puts Volkswagen in a front row position for
high performance, low impact motoring in the near future, hinting at a
new model that could be on sale in as little as 12 months time.
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