VW Shows Concept BlueSport Roadster at Detroit
21 January 2009
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.
Crikey, 55 mpg to 42 mpg just by going from Euro 6 to T2B5 emissions requirements, can that be right??
Posted by: clett | 21 January 2009 at 07:09 AM
I think it is a bit of looking ahead to see engines rated in kW so that when electric cars are here we get a far easier unit of comparison.
next question ...
How easy will it be to turn the Concept BlueSport into an electric car?
Posted by: John Taylor | 21 January 2009 at 09:29 AM