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Volkswagen unveils two-seater Concept BlueSport roadster

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Volkswagen unveiled a shock new mid-engined, rear-wheel drive roadster concept at the Detroit Show, amid a generally austere line-up up electric-tech and small-car models.

The Volkswagen Concept BlueSport marries the opposite ends of the spectrum in environment and sporty aspirations as its names suggests – blue rapidly overtaking green as the manufacturer's choice of colour to denote cleaner models.

The Concept BlueSport is the two-seat roadster, taking VW into a realm usually the preserve of Japanese manufacturers such as Toyota and Mazda and new German owners Porsche. It combines a mid-mounted common-rail diesel engine with a lightweight chassis structure to boost efficiency and driving dynamics.

The Concept BlueSport is fitted with a 178bhp four-cylinder 2.0-litre TDI engine that develops 258lb-ft of torque from 1,750rpm. Power is transferred to the rear wheels through a six-speed dual clutch DSG gearbox, which accelerates the Concept BlueSport to 62 mph in 6.6 seconds and go on to a top speed of 140 mph.

The Concept emits 113g/km of CO2 while returning 65mpg on the combined cycle. An ‘Eco’ mode function activates an automatic Stop-Start system and braking energy regeneration.

Equipped with a 45:55 weight distribution and multi-link rear suspension, the Concept BlueSport

VW also says the Concept gives some pointers to future design directions, with short front and rear overhangs most notable beyond baubles like large alloys, LED lights and twin exhausts.

VW says the Concept BlueSport is shorter than a Golf yet almost as wide, with a modest 112-litre loadspace under the bonnet and an additional 70-litres in the rear boot.

The interior reflects the Concept BlueSport’s orange roof, and also features black leather, while the dash-mounted touchscreen provides access information and entertainment functions.

VW says it has no immediate plans to put the Concept BlueSport into production. If it does it'll be 2011 before the two-seater makes it onto the roads, but under Porsche ownership and with Audi developing the R4 two-seater we wouldn't bet on it.