VW’s BlueSport show car made its debut at the Detroit motor show three years ago but has struggled to progress to showrooms as the company tried to establish a business case.
The BlueSport was due to be twinned with a new Audi R4 and a sub-Boxster Porsche, but VW’s member of the board of management for development, Dr Ulrich Hackenberg, says the VW sports car could still be built even without the sister models.
“[The VW Group] will have lots of convertibles in the future, a Golf convertible, Audi will have convertibles, but of a roadster … I’m working on it,” says Hackenberg.
“I drove [the BlueSport] last summer … and the car is fantastic. But I don’t have agreement of the company [yet] that we will build it.”
Hackenberg says the company needs to sell a minimum of 50,000 to 60,000 Bluesports to make investment in the sports car worthwhile.
He admits Porsche has moved away from the idea of having a more affordable sports car positioned below the Boxster, a roadster that was unveiled in next-generation form at the 2012 Geneva motor show.
“Porsche has the Boxster based on the 911 [architecture] and I think they are not looking for a smaller one. They were interested, but I am missing the [sales] volume.”
The BlueSport would be a rival for models such as the Mazda MX-5, as well as the upcoming Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ.
The 2009 Volkswagen BlueSport concept was just under four metres in length and powered by a 132kW turbo diesel engine.
VW quoted 6.6 seconds for the 0-100km/h sprint, with a top speed of 226km/h.
Fuel consumption, aided by engine stop-start technology, was rated at 4.3L/100km.