Vw working on the XR1: an ultralight, mid-engined sports car using a Golf GTI engine

Article by Christian A., on July 9, 2013

As you may know already, back in February Volkswagen introduced the XL1, known as the most fuel-efficient production car in the world. For those who don’t know, the XL1 uses a 0.8-liter two-cylinder TDI engine with 48 PS and an E-motor with 27 PS, enough to use only 0.9 liters of fuel for 100 km. Well, now the German manufacturer wants to take things even further and will create the XR1, or a sporty version of the XL1.

According to Car magazine, the Volkswagen XR1 will be a high-tech sports car and could use the 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine found on the Golf GTI. Still, engineers are mulling over a turbo and supercharged triple or a hybrid. Sources suggest that Volkswagen could use the Golf GTI engine mid-mounted across the body.

Performances will be impressive: 0-100 km/h (62 mph) in less than 911 Carrera PDK’s 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 305 km/h or 190 mph. Volkswagen will create a new car and will not just add a new engine on the XL1.

Car magazine says that the engineers will have to widen and lengthen the XL1 chassis in order to accommodate the engine, the new twin-clutch gearbox and two seats. The car will be 100 kg lighter than the XL1 as it will not feature the XL1’s batteries and motor. Moreover, Volkswagen will keep the gullwing doors and will add magnesium wheels, carbon-ceramic brakes and polycarbonate sideglass.

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