Volkswagen XL Sport Concept Unveiled — Specs & Features
The 2014 Paris Auto Show brought yet another impatiently awaited premiere. The Volkswagen XL Sport concept with a motorcycle engine had its premiere in Paris. This pretty unconventional and extraordinary super car isn’t special just by its features. It’s the 200 millionth vehicle made by the Volkswagen Group. With a superbike engine under the hood and a super car appearance which has impressive aerodynamics, the VW XL Sport is a remarkable example of the current automaker’s abilities and a piece of the automotive history. Built to be lightweight and powered by an engine borrowed from the Ducati 1199 Superleggera motorcycle, the coupe should have great performance. Of course, all the improvements couldn’t possibly make the Volkswagen XL Sport come close to the fuel economy of the Volkswagen XL1 hyper-hybrid whose iteration the XL Sport actually is. The XL Sport maybe won’t be fuel efficient as the XL1, but its performance will certainly be significantly better.
Body Tailored For Performance
The body of the Volkswagen XL Sport is built with performance in mind. Using the body of the XL1, the XL Sport has a lot of carbon-fiber. Compared to the XL1 hybrid, the weight of the XL Sport will be 209 pounds higher, so the XL Sport supercar will have 1962 pounds. To be honest, we must say that the VW XL Sport’s body is 1.6″ longer and 7″ wider than the XL1. The steel frame and other elements contributed to the weight gain, but the weight wasn’t the top priority for the manufacturer. The drag coefficient is really impressive. It’s slightly worse than the XL1’s, but 0.258 couldn’t be disregarded. The appearance is also stunning. With a fastback style and forged magnesium wheels the car looks unforgettable like the time spent in the cabin.
Volkswagen XL Sport Engine From Ducati Superleggera
Taken from the Ducati Superleggera bike, the two-cylinder engine which powers the Volkswagen XL Sport is adjusted for the car. There’s a reduction gear which is used to tame the engine’s 11,000rpm to the number suitable for the seven-speed DSG transmission. The 1.2-liter V-twin Superquadro engine, which is the most powerful two-cylinder mill in the world, delivers 197 horsepower. That is just enough to accelerate the 1962 pounds of the XL Sport from standstill to 62 mph in 5.7 seconds. The top speed of the VW XL Sport is 168 mph.
Could Volkswagen XL Sport Be Released As Production Model?
Although the Volkswagen XL Sport is just a concept, there are rumors that there will be a limited production series.