Volkswagen Concept BlueSport Roadster

The Volkswagen Concept BlueSport represents (according to Volkswagen) its philosophy for the new year – maximum driving fun with minimal fuel consumption. It’s 2.0 litre diesel engine sips only 4.3 litres per 100km and puts out 113g/km of CO2, but produces 180 PS and a very nice 350Nm of torque from as low as 1,750rpm. It’s mated to a twin clutch 6-speed transmission, and pushing the roadster which weighs less than 1,200kg from 0 to 100km/h takes only 6.6 seconds, on to a top speed of 226km/h.

Volkswagen Concept BlueSport Roadster

Weight is kept down via the use of low weight construction methods such as a soft top which is lighter than a hard top, aluminium hoods, and a compact body layout.

Now what differentiates this baby from the many Volkswagens we’ve seen is the fact that it’s rear wheel drive. And its 112 litre boot is located at the front. That’s because the diesel engine is actually mounted at the mid-rear. Yes, a mid engined, rear wheel drive Volkswagen roadster.

Volkswagen Concept BlueSport Roadster

It’s most curious why Volkswagen chose a mid-engine rear wheel drive platform for this car. Is it just for showcar purposes or are we looking at a new rear wheel drive platform for the Volkswagen Group? Could a production version of this roadster share a platform with the upcoming Volkswagen Lupo (based on the Volkswagen Up! concepts)? Will the Lupo be rear wheel drive after all?

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