If the reports are true, fans of fun, fast, cheap and efficient sports cars have reason to celebrate.
How interesting… just about a week ago there were reports that the sexy droptop was having a hard time finding support from VW corporate brothers Audi and Porsche. Afterall, why would Porsche want a midengine entry-level roadster to compete with the Boxster?
The AutoExpress article cites an unnamed source in Germany, and details are sketchy, but if true, someone in Deutschland has changed his/her mind, marking a stark turnaround for the Bluesport’s future.
Not excited yet? Just wait till you hear about the possible engine choices.
The BlueSport will come with a 178-horsepower, 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine as standard equipment, though a variety of other powerplants will also be available. Those include the twin-turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine from the Polo GTI (available in Europe and South America) as well as a turbo 2.0-liter gas mill from the Golf-based GTI available here.
The car should weigh about the same as the Mazda Miata and scoot to 60 miles per hour in about 6 seconds with the help of a six-speed manual transmission, all while delivering over 40 miles per gallon.
AutoExpress also says,
The familiar VW face is carried over from the Golf and Scirocco, so sleek headlights and a narrow, horizontal grille will appear. A set of LED daytime running lamps is the only notable addition.
Compact dimensions mean the Bluesport is shorter and lower than the Golf, but nearly as wide, so it has a squat, muscular stance.
Inside, the bespoke-style interior of the concept will make way for a more understated and sporty design, similar to that seen on other performance VWs, including the Scirocco. Thanks to the mid-engined layout, storage spaces in the front and rear should boost practicality.
It all sounds perfect… almost too perfect to be true. Until official word comes down from the VW camp, don’t count this deal as sealed. But feel free to do a lot of hoping!
Assuming VW builds the Bluesport, and prices start under $25,000, would you be interested in one?