Will VW change course and decide to build a production version of the BlueSport Roadster after all?
Back at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show, Volkswagen revealed its BlueSport roadster concept, a small two-seater that could have potentially been a Mazda MX-5 fighter. Although there was a positive public response and even rumors that its platform could serve as the base for a new entry-level Porsche, VW opted not to green light it for production. Today, however, it seems that the idea of a VW roadster is back in the news after the automaker’s design chief, Walter de Silva, stated in an interview with Auto Motor und Sport that he’d still very much like to see it enter production.
And as it turns out, he’s not the only one with this opinion at VW. "A small roadster for Volkswagen would not be the worst idea. This is a vehicle that we particularly like, and we always have in mind," de Silva clarified. The original concept was powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged diesel that was good for around 177 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque and was mated to a six-speed dual-clutch. It could go from 0-62 mph in 6.6 seconds and had a top speed of 140 mph. Clearly not an all-out performance machine, VW also claims that a conventional gasoline engine can be fitted as well.
Aside from de Silva’s statement, nothing else from VW indicates this potential Mazda MX-5 rival is coming soon, if at all. However, with the new MX-5’s platform set to be shared with the upcoming Alfa Romeo Spider, VW may not be able to resist the temptation to jump into the small roadster market after all.