Volkswagen showed a small diesel powered roadster at the 2009 North American International Auto Show called the Concept BlueSport. German car magazine Auto Motor und Sport is reporting a version of that car will go into production for the 2014 model year.
Unfortunately almost no information about the production roadster is known. It is known however, that there will be three variations of the car in Europe. VW, Seat, and Skoda will each sell a variant. The VW version will most likely be available in the U.S. as the concept made its world debut on this side of the Atlantic.
The MX-5 competitor was shown as a concept with VW’s smooth 2.0-liter turbo-diesel four-cylinder producing 180 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque. That was enough to propel the roadster to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds. Production engines are unknown, but are expected to be a mix of diesel and gasoline variants.
Transmissions will likely be VW’s six and seven-speed dual-clutch DSG and a six-speed manual. The price is estimated to start around €22,000 ($28,100).
Source: Auto Motor und Sport