Volkswagen prepared one big surprise for the 2014 Paris Motor Show as it unveiled last evening the XL Sport, a high-performance version of the fuel-efficient XL1. What’s more interesting regarding this vehicle is that it uses a 1,199 cc two-cylinder motorcycle engine provided by Ducati and capable to develop 200 hp and rev up to 11,000 rpm.
Bolted to a 7-speed DSG dual clutch transmission which delivers the power to the rear wheels, the engine pushes the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.7 seconds, while top speed is 270 km/h or 168 mph. When compared with the standard XL1, the XL Sport is longer and wider (length: 4,292 mm; width: 1,847 mm; height: 1,152 mm).
Moreover, it features a longer wheelbase (2,242 mm) and comes with wider wings and wheels. VW kept the stylish wing doors but modified the front and rear sections and added an extending rear spoiler that transforms the XL Sport into a classic race car.
Thanks to a drag coefficient of 0.258 and a total weight of just 890 kg (1,962 lbs), the XL Sport promises to be a very fuel-efficient sports car. For those who don’t know, the XL1 offers a combined fuel consumption of 0.9 l/100 km, with CO2 emissions of just 21 g/km.