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Audi R4, Vw BlueSport and Porsche 356 delayed for several reasons

Apparently the problem is this one: Porsche doesn’t want its next Boxster to lose its place in front of the less expensive and more capable 356 while Audi doesn’t need another sports car slotted between the next TT and the R8 (which currently faces a slow demand). The problem is with Volkswagen, who thinks that a new sports car based on the BlueSport Concept revealed at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show will be a hit and honestly to tell you we think they are right. So, for the moment all the three sports cars are on hold and a final decision is expected. However, the things could evolve like this: Porsche could build a smaller coupe and roadster, Audi will develop a smaller car inspired by the R8 while Volkswagen could come out with a best-seller based on the Bluesport Concept. More details to be revealed!

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Report: VW BlueSport Turbodiesel Roadster Cleared for Production
Brandon Hill

About a year and a half ago, DailyTech brought you news of Volkswagen's attractive two-seat roadster concept called the BlueSport. While tiny roadster concepts are practically a dime a dozen, this particular one drew the interest of many due to its use of a 2.0-liter turbodiesel engine producing 180 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque.

AutoExpress is now reporting that the tiny BlueSport has been given the go ahead for production. The BlueSport carries the tight, creased design language seen on current VW models and will feature a manual canvas top. The canvas top should help to keep weight down; competitors such as the BMW Z4 and Mercedes SLK employ heavy, complex folding hardtop mechanisms.

The BlueSport will retain the mid-engine layout of the concept and will feature twin luggage compartments -- one in the front and one in the rear -- like the Porsche Boxster.

When it comes to the powertrain, AutoExpress says that the sexy roadster will be available with the aforementioned 2.0-liter turbodiesel (producing 178 hp in production form), a 1.4-liter TFSI gasoline engine, and the familiar 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinder engine used in various VW and Audi models. Manual and dual-clutch six-speed transmissions will be available.

The 2,650-pound vehicle is expected to shoot to 60 mph in around six seconds and offer combined fuel economy of around 45 mpg with the diesel powertrain.

There is still no word on if the BlueSport will make it over here to the United States, but there has to be an alternative to the somewhat dreadful Honda CR-Z when it comes to small "green" sports cars.

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