Reston area drivers who look forward to summer days and nights behind the wheel of their VW Beetle Convertible, are being treated to another topless option. The auto brand recently announced it’s considering adding the BlueSport roadster to its new Volkswagen lineup.
If the BlueSport looks familiar, then we congratulate you on having a memory like an elephant! Need some clarification on where we’ve seen this VW before? The public got its first glimpse at the roadster at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show. After its debut, the model received so much attention and praise, we were surprised to not see it arrive to the doorstep of our Sterling, VA dealership that same year.
Designed as purely a concept, the BlueSport disappeared and remained only a distant memory until now. Chief of design at Volkswagen, Walter de Silva, is bringing the vehicle’s name back to the tips of auto enthusiasts’ tongues.
“I’m not the only one in our company who is convinced that a small roadster wouldn’t be the worst thing for Volkswagen,” stated de Silva. “This is a vehicle that we particularly like, and we always have in mind.”1
Though we can bet the BlueSport will see some features modernized since its 2009 appearance, the stats of its original concept model is a strong indicator of what VW will design when bringing the roadster into production. The Volkswagen model ran on a 2.0-liter, turbo-diesel engine that delivered 178 horsepower and 256 pound-feet of torque. With a speedy acceleration from zero to sixty-two miles per hour in 6.6 seconds, the BlueSport still maintained a fuel-economy rating of 54.7 miles per gallon, which remains remarkable even in today’s book.
So what’s next for the BlueSport? Only time and our blog will tell. Make sure you’re in the loop when VW makes its next announcement concerning the roadster, other new Volkswagen models, and their arrival here to Lindsay Volkswagen of Dulles by bookmarking or subscribing to our updates.