Volkswagen shocked the automotive industry last year when they unveiled the worlds most economical car, the XL1 that would deliver a staggering 1-litre/100 kilometre fuel efficacy figure. The problem was that the 2-cylinder hybridised diesel took an unbelievable 13-seconds to hit 100 km/h and would top out at just 160 km/h. Now Volkswagen have taken the wraps off a faster, meaner XL car, the XL Sport and it has close to 200 bhp. Power comes courtesy of another 2-cylinder engine, this time from a “Superquadro” Ducati 1199 Superleggera super bike and which will rev to an astonishing 11,000-rpm.
The 197 bhp XL Sport uses the same lightweight carbon structure of the green XL1 on which it is based, but its looks have been enhanced courtesy of the addition of a number of aggressive sporty parts including and electrically powered rear wing and a host of ducts and vents, we very much like the new air intakes. This lightweight speed machine will now hit 100 km/h in under 6-seconds and will power to a top speed of 270 km/h, quite an achievement considering the motorcycle engine only creates 99 pound feet of torque.
Only 250 of XL Sports are due to be built, the very first car that is on display at the Paris Motor Show is also the 200 millionth car to roll of the VW production, quite the milestone. The car may not be able to compete with the supercars of today in terms of pace, but its looks sure will turn heads, as will the sound of its Ducati engine spinning at 11,000-rpm! Stay tuned with GTspirit for more on
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