DETROIT --- At the North American International Auto Show, Volkswagen introduced its BlueSport roadster, a diesel-powered mid-engine concept car with an estimated highway fuel economy of 50 mpg.

"The BlueSport proves to be a compact and passionate car with a clear Volkswagen signature," said Volkswagen Chairman Martin Winterkorn. "The car offers pure dynamics with a powerful 180 PS Clean Diesel engine that is combined with the characteristic Volkswagen philosophy of efficiency." 

The Concept BlueSport made its appearance at the car show in Detroit with a flex silver exterior and orange fabric convertible top.

Behind the two sport seats of the BlueSport, a 132 kW / 180 PS strong Clean Diesel (TDI) with common rail injection and downstream NOx storage catalytic converter can deliver dynamic performance. A 6-speed DSG dual clutch transmission can transfer power to the rear wheels. In just 6.6 seconds, the sports car can move at 100 km/h; its top speed is 226 km/h, Volkswagen said.

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, Volkswagen said, they propel the Concept BlueSport to an additional fuel savings of up to 0.2 liter per 100 kilometers in city driving.


Originally posted on Green Fleet Magazine