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Production Volkswagen Bluesport roadster still a possibility?


When it first appeared in Detroit back in January the Bluesport concept stirred talk of the revival of the roadster segment, and especially the Porsche 914 and 356. Unfortunately, the Porsche's rebirth was ruled out last month, and this had led to fears that the same fate may ensue for a planned production version of the Bluesport concept.

The original bad news came from VW's communications manager Christian Haacke at the launch of the new 2010 Polo. "The state we are at right now regarding Concept Bluesport is we are carefully calculating how to earn money with a niche car,' said Haacke. "It is a niche product and especially in crisis times like this it will be a challenge to come up with a volume we could require to earn money with it."

While this appears disastrous for fans, VW has once again hinted at the roadster’s production at an exclusive public outing for the concept. Speaking with Auto Motor und Sport, Mario Fabiano, the concept’s project leader, said that a new mid-engine platform designed for the Bluesport could allow a production version to come to market with a price tag around the $30,000 mark.

The Bluesport concept was not just a sporty two-seater - it had real eco-cred as well. Powered by a 2.0L four-pot turbodiesel, it cranked out 180hp (134kW) and a doubtless grin-inducing 260lb-ft (352Nm) of torque, nipping to 60mph in 6.2 seconds, all while managing 35mpg in the combined cycle. A production version could also feature the 265hp (198kW) 2.0L petrol engine destined for the Scirocco R, revealed Fabiano.

To keep costs down, VW would share parts with a number of its other models. Take the concept for example, the brakes come from the Golf R32, the electromechanical steering system from the Polo and the suspension and 4Motion AWD system is a mix of both Polo and Golf components.

Its current estimated release date is 2012.
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  1. Oh well, life moves on
     
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  2. the problem is i would have loved the opportunity to get on the Porsche ladder with a car like this...and then progressed through the range as i become more financially able.
     
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  3. The spiritual successor to the Toyota MR2. If they can give it trunk (boot), they would have a total winner on their hands. Just look at the Mazda MX-5: twenty years of solid sales and one of the few "halo" products that actually worked. This car is exactly what VW needs to shake of its undeserved slightly staid image.
     
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  4. A very good car question is if they ever will build it are they going to sell this overseas? ( remember the Scirocco, though quite a handsome package Volkswagen limited it's overseas release )
     
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  5. Build it and they will come!
     
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  6. VW could save significant costs and bring it in at a far lower and more competitive price if they built it FWD on the Polo platform -
    - essentially a 7/8 scale diesel TT.
     
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