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VW XL Sport shines under the lights of 2014 Paris Motor Show [Live Photos]

The Volkswagen XL Sport sports car concept has made its global debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show. Essentially, the XL Sport concept represents a further development of the lightweight sports car, as derived from what is considered as the most efficient car – the XL1. Embodying a compelling marriage between efficiency and emotion, the 270-km/h sports car concept is powered by a rear-mounted V2 engine derived from the new Ducati 1199 Superleggera, which is regarded as the most powerful two-cylinder motorcycle in the world.

Both the XL1 and the 1199 Superleggera are built in limited numbers (250 units for the VW plug-in hybrid and 500 examples for the motorcycle) employing both hand fabrication and high-precision industrial manufacturing methods. These two vehicles that employ lightweight carbon and magnesium design technology are now combined to give birth to the XL Sport concept. With the new concept, Volkswagen and Ducati – both members of the VW Group – were able to show that high-tech developments could result to synergies between brands and be employed as modules for further concepts.

Interestingly, the Ducati 1199 Superleggera boasts of having the best power-to-weight ratio among production motorcycles so far. This was also achieved by the VW XL Sport in the world of cars. With a very favorable ratio between its power (147 kW / 200 PS), weight (890 kg), and aerodynamics (0.44 sqm of cdA), the XL Sport is the fastest 200-PS car in the world with the ability to reach a top speed of 270 km/h.

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