Volkswagen debuts the XL Sport at Paris. The car is based on the ultra-fuel efficient, limited production XL1. While the XL1 was far from being a sports car Volkswagen says that the XL Sport is all about performance.
The exterior immediately reminds you of the XL1 with its aerodynamic body and smooth lines built to pierce the air. The XL Sport is made up of carbon-reinforced polymer which has been made by a special Resin Transfer Moulding (RTM) process, giving the car the same levels of strength and rigidity as steel while keeping weight under check. The total weight is just 890kgs.
The performance part comes from the most powerful two-cylinder engine around. Yes, it is a two cylinder unit borrowed from Ducati 1199 Superleggera. This is also the first time that Volkswagen Group has sourced something from the Italian bike manufacturer after acquiring it in 2012. The engine is an 1199cc, 90 degree V-twin generating 197bhp and mated to a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox routing power to the rear wheels. Volkswagen says that the car is capable of hitting 270kmph and a 0-100kmph sprint time of 5.8 seconds. The engine is a rev-happy unit redlining at 11,000 rpm. This has been made possible because of titanium connecting rods, magnesium alloys and Ducati’s famed desmodromic valves. The XL Sport is a very aerodynamically efficient car with company saying that drag co-efficient is 0.258. Fuel efficiency figures have not yet been disclosed.
This is a very exciting one-off concept by Volkswagen and the company has refrained from saying whether it will be produced or not. We hope that this does go in to production even if it is limited run of 250 units, just like its sister – the XL1.