Paris 2014. Volkswagen XL1 Sport

Volkswagen unveils the XL1 Sport – a dynamic alternative to its fuel-efficient XL1 concept car – at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.

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Those expecting a diesel/hybrid heavy Volkswagen stand at the 2014 Paris Motor Show did not leave disappointed. Petrolheads wrre however given a VW-shaped curveball with the unveil of the XL1 Sport, a dynamic derivative of the XL1 concept.

But whereas the XL1 was built specifically with fuel efficiency in mind, the Sport – as the name suggests – has been designed to offer ‘uncompromised driving dynamics’ as part of a collaboration with sister companies Ducati and Lamborghini. Like the XL1, the Sport will also be produced in limited numbers, 500 to the XL1’s 250.

The 1199cc V2 engine for the XL1 Sport has been lifted from Ducati’s 1199 Superlegerra superbike, the most powerful two-cylinder motorbike in the world. Said unit – which is capable of revving to 1100rpm – produces 197bhp and 99lb ft of torque, which is sent to the rear axles via VW’s seven-speed DSG gearbox. The XL1 is thus capable of 0-100kph in 5.7 seconds and a 270kph top speed, subsequently making it the fastest 200PS car in the world.

Though sharing similar design attributes to its more fuel efficient brethren, the same carbon-reinforced polymer with a monocoque (a strong material that improves rigidity of the vehicle) and wing doors, there are some subtle differences. The Sport stands longer, wider and lower than the XL1 and boasts a longer wheelbase, all for a more balanced drive. Notable changes to the aerodynamics include ‘air cushions’ in the front which help channel cooling air to the wheels and ceramic disc brakes, and new air ducts in the bonnet. The XL1 Sport also uses the same rear spoiler system as the Lamborghini Aventador. The Sport rolls on forged magnesium wheel, 23.0kg lighter than the equivalent aluminium variants as part of an overall 890kg base weight.


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