Volkswagen presented the roadster Concept BlueSport at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The BlueSport features a 132 kW (177 hp) diesel with common rail injection and downstream NOx storage catalytic converter coupled with a 6-speed DSG dual clutch transmission.
|The Concept BlueSport. Click to enlarge.|
The 2.0-liter diesel delivers maximum torque of 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) at 1,750 rpm. Acceleration from 0-100 km/h is 6.6 seconds, and top speed is 226 km/h (140 mph).
Fuel consumption is 4.3 L/100km (54.7 mpg US) for a Euro 6 compliant version (NEDC). US fuel economy in a vehicle meeting US Tier 2 Bin 5 standards in Eco-mode (start-stop and regeneration) is 42 mpg US (combined).
The mid-engine roadster weighs in at less than 1,200 kilograms. Low weight was attained by consistent application of lightweight construction methods. Among other things, the soft top—at 27 kilograms—is the lightest in its class, and the hoods are made of aluminum.