Posted By RichC on October 20, 2005
Another concept is unveiled by VW, this time at the Tokyo Motor Show. Volkswagen has an interesting mid-engine diesel sports car “concept” touting fuel economy translating to 69 mpg and capable of 143mph. Considering the ‘wise’ Volkswagen management of late, and a diesel, I’m sure VW is planning at this very moment to bring the Ecoracer to Anytown, USA. [/sarcasm]
The power for this concept car is a tuned 1.5 liter TDI diesel, similar to those developed for the popular VW TDI Toureg, Golf, Jetta, NB, Polo and Passat. This particular engine generates 134-hp utilizing TSI twin-turbo technology and is mid-located in a carbon fiber reinforced plastic car body. This lightweight sports car weighs in a a mere 1,874 lbs and can accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in about 6 seconds. This smaller 1.5-liter TDI diesel is using a new twin-charged TSI family of engines which promises a smaller engine size delivering the performance of higher displacement engines while reducing the overall fuel consumption. As with many production models, the EcoRacer as it is being called, uses the DSG double-clutch transmission for almost instant shifts.
What are the chances that the US will see new TDIs, let alone dream abot a VW EcoRacer TDI. US concept cars are bad enough, but hoping VW brings a diesel concept car to the US … dream on!