When the VW BlueSport was introduced as a concept car at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show over a year ago, the internet was abuzz with expectation that the car would see the light of day. It was clearly more than just another concept car and, unlike most concept cars, actually looked ready for production.
At the time, the car was being touted for having a 0-60 time of about 6 seconds (not bad!) and a combined fuel economy of around 40 mpg (on the Euro cycle, subtract about 15% for likely EPA ratings; ~35 mpg). And now, according to unnamed inside sources, VW has apparently had a change of heart about shelving the project due to the incredible success of VW TDIs in the U.S.
The BlueSport sports VW’s standard 2.0-liter turbodiesel (same one that’s found in the Jetta TDI), but they’ve tuned it to provide an additional 40 horsepower, for a grand total of 180 HP. In the tuning VW also was able to eek out some additional torque, resulting in 260 lb-ft. With its 6 speed clutch, rear wheel drive and relatively light 2,600 pounds, it all adds up to some attractive performance.
Reportedly the car is still 3 years away from production, so if you’ve been waiting for a sporty little green diesel roadster, you’ll just have to remain patient. Caveat: we’ve heard several rumors before of the BlueSport’s revival, none of which had ever come to fruition… so take this report with a grain of salt. To me, it’s a no brainer. A 35-40 mpg, RWD, soft-top, convertible speed demon… that’s like every 35-50 year-old male greenie’s wet dream.