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Paris Motor Show 2014: Volkswagen surprises with XL Sport

Published 02 October 2014

Volkswagen has unveiled a surprise concept car at this year’s Paris Motor Show – a motorbike-engined sports car based on the XL1. But while the XL1 is an economy-focussed diesel hybrid capable of 313mpg, the XL Sport boasts a high-revving Ducati engine.

In fact, the V2 from the Ducati 1199 Superleggera - the most powerful two-cylinder motorbike in the world. Here, the engine revs up to 11,000rpm and has been modified to produce 200PS. Mated to a seven-speed DSG gearbox, the XL Sport can hit 62mph from standstill in 5.7 seconds with a top speed of 168mph.

Other tweaks over the XL1 include a revised body to aid grip and performance. It is slightly longer and wider than the XL1 with a length of 4291mm, width of 1847mm and height of 1152mm. The modified proportions, longer wheelbase (2424 mm), significantly wider wings and larger wheels give it an aggressive, low stance

Volkswagen XL Sport (4)

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