A top speed of 140 mph? Highway fuel economy of 50 mpg? Where do we sign? Volkswagen has given the sports car segment a shot in the arm with this high-mpg, high-performance 2-seater concept that we can only hope makes it to production — soon.
The Concept BlueSport is powered by a mid-mounted 2.0-liter turbodiesel that cranks out 180 bhp and 258 lb ft of torque. The power is delivered to the rear wheels via a 6-speed dual clutch transmission. The tidy Concept BlueSport measures just 157.1 inches in overall length, stands 49.6 in. tall and is 68.7 in. wide. The mid-ship engine location gives the car a front/rear weight distribution of 45/55. The Concept BlueSport rides on an independent front MacPherson strut and rear multilink suspension and features 19-in. wheels and tires.
The styling of the vehicle embodies the new design philosophy introduced by Volkswagen on the Golf and Scirocco — the front of the car has a thin horizontal grille element above the bumper and large open intakes below. The car sports clean, simple lines that are athletic and blend in with the aggressive front and rear wheel arch flares.
Inside, the center stack is dominated by a large touch-screen. In place of the traditional gearshift lever is a multi-functional wheel that also controls the dual clutch transmission. Above the screen are three large dials used for the climate controls, while a similar dial to the left of the steering wheel is used for the lights.
The Concept BlueSport is equipped with leather-clad bucket seats, a roll-bar and a manually operated soft top. In addition to delivering outstanding fuel economy (35 mpg city/50 highway for 42 mpg combined), the turbocharged diesel engine's long suit is torque. The abundant amount of twist from 1750 rpm enables the car to sprint to 60 mph in just 6.2 seconds. And with an 18.5-gallon fuel tank, VW estimates a theoretical range of 710 miles — so you can go fast and far.