By Drew Johnson
Friday, Jan 16th, 2009 @ 11:35 am
 
When Volkswagen pulled the wraps off its Bluesport concept at last week's Detroit Auto Show, it was quite apparent that the sporty drop top was more production-ready than any of VW's past sports car concepts. Adding credence to the notion of the Bluesport making the leap from concept to production, two VW execs have indicated a road-going version of the Bluesport is on the way.

Speaking with Auto Motor und Sport, VW's Ulrich Hackenberg indicated the Bluesport was headed to production, and even went so far as to quote pricing for the roadster - between €22,000 and €24,500, depending on engine options.

VW engineer Thomas Inglenath also supported Hackenberg's claim, saying the Bluesport could be in showrooms as early as 2012.

Although the Bluesport concept was shown with a diesel powerplant, Hackenberg revealed the production car would be available with a wide range of engine options, including the company's TSI powerplants. VW's dual-clutch transmission would also be part of the mix.

Considering the Bluesport's platform is expected to underpin a new-age Porsche 914 and Audi R4, it would seem to make sense - as far as economies of scale are concerned - that the VW version would get the nod for production. If the Blue sport ultimately does get the light, expect to see it in VW showrooms sometime between 2012 and 2014.