The Volkswagen Concept BlueSport which Volkswagen unveiled
at the 2009 Detroit Motor Show was a stylish and well
proportioned roadster concept which looked far more production
ready than the Volkswagen
EcoRacer concept from 2005.
When creating the Concept BlueSport Volkswagen's designers
and engineers were tasked with designing a car which offered
maximum driving fun and minimal fuel consumption. The
powerplant choices underlines these design ideals. Behind
the passenger compartment is a high-tech TDI or TSI engine
that offers perfomance without the price of high fuel
consumption. The Concept BlueSport displayed at the Detroit
Motor Show was equipped with the 2.0 litre diesel unit.
This engine develops 180 hp and 258 lb-ft (350Nm) of torque
@ 1,750 rpm. Mated to a six-speed dual clutch transmission
driving the rear wheels the Volkswagen Concept BlueSport
is able to hit 60 mph in just 6.2 seconds. Top speed is
140 mph. Yet despite its performance potential the BlueSport
can achieve up to 55 mpg in eco-mode and has a theoretical
710 mile range.
Helping the 1200 kg (2645 lb) Concept BlueSport achive
this impressive mpg is a engine stop-start system. When
the car stops at a red traffic light, for example, it
automatically shuts off its engine. As soon as the light
turns green again, just tapping on the accelerator is
enough to start the engine in an instant. The system saves
up to 0.2 liters of fuel per 60 miles in the city. Furthermore
when the Concept BlueSport is braking, some of the energy
is reclaimed by the alternator, which relieves the engine
and further improves fuel economy.
The styling of the Volkswagen Concept BlueSport displays
the new VW styling language which is being brought in
across the model range. The front end and headlight arrangement
is similar to the design of the new Scirocco
This overall design theme was developed by Walter de Silva
(Director of Design for the Volkswagen Group), Flavio
Manzoni (Director of Creative Design for Volkswagen AG)
and Klaus Bischoff.
Thomas Ingenlath, lead project designer for the BlueSport
concept car, sums up the Concept BlueSport this way: "The
concept car looks into the viewer’s eyes with a powerful,
masterful look; everything is clear and precise. Standing
here is an agile athlete who has no need to display an
The interior of the Volkswagen Concept BlueSport is designed
to be user friendly. Everything was positioned to be ideally
situated to reach, operate, and control.
Klaus Bischoff: "The interior shows finesse in
details and conveys a high level of technological fascination.
The special flair of the interior expresses itself in
the architectonic purity of its components."
Located in the centre console is a touch-screen interface
through which all entertainment and and information is
controlled. In front of the screen is an electronic dial
which is used to operate the dual clutch transmission.
Above the touchscreen are the three large control dials
for the dual-zone automatic climate control system.
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