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Audi, Porsche to clone VW roadster

2009-02-03 12:22

It seems as if Audi, Seat, and possibly even Porsche, may get their own production version of the Volkswagen Bluesport roadster concept car, which was shown at last month’s Detroit Motor Show.

The strongest indication that several variants of the roadster may be produced came from VW executive Ulrich Hackenburg. According to reports he told journalists at the Detroit show that the business case for the car could also be successful if its investment was shared with at least three brands.

So, with the aid of Audi, and even Porsche, and the attendant cost-sharing and more profitable price points those brands can achieve, the Bluesport could become reality, reports Automotive News Europe.

This also confirms earlier rumours that Audi is planning a lightweight roadster as well as a range of new ecological yet sporty models.

If given the go-ahead, Audi’s budget roadster wouldn’t appear until after 2011. Rumours that Porsche is looking for a new 914 variant  have been brewing too.

To speed up development, engine options would likely include current VW Group TSI and TDI four-cylinder engines mated with manual or DSG dual-clutch transmissions.

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