by Tony West
The new rendering of Volkswagen’s XL1 is a sports car fantasy brought to life; unimaginable style, efficiency, and power with a cool interior. The Volkswagen XL Sport achieves this in striking fashion making it more effective than superstars like the Porsche 918 Spyder and Lexus’ LF/LC.
Volkswagen dropped a bomb on fans at the Paris Motor Show with the unveiling of their new sports car, the XL Sport. VW boasts that the new XL Sport is the most fuel efficient production sports car of all time. With the specs I’ve seen, they may be right. The whip is already slated for production of 500 limited edition models.
The XL Sport has a body style similar to its XL1 older brother. But the XL Sport boasts a slightly more powerful performance and sexier aerodynamic enhancements. The XL Sport has stuntastic winged doors extended to the roof.
The XL Sport is low and stout, 168 inches long and 72 inches wide swagged out with LED headlights and LED daytime running lights. Instead of a grille, the XL Sport has horizontal lines that echo the VW design. Other sporty features include huge shoulders around the alloy wheels with 19 inch rims, air intakes at the headlights, rear fender vents, and air intakes and outlets at the A- and B-pillars that ensure optimal airflow and cooling for the engine. The coupe’s sloped roofline merges into the rear hatch that houses the Ducati engine.
The XL Sport has a cool extendable rear spoiler, dual chrome exhausts, a black rear diffuser, and a red LED rear ribbon that accentuates the whips wide body. Like the XL1 the door mirrors are replaced by small cameras or eMirrors that project a surround view of the XL Sport on its LCD screen.
The XL Sport body shares the same design elements as the XL 1 with the chassis and most of the body panels made of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) and high strength steel. To save weight, the windows are made from poly carbonate. Alloy wheels save the XL Sport 53 lbs. The most impressive part about this sultry supercar is its supreme efficiency married harmoniously with thrilling performance. The XL Sport is one-of-a-kind, raising the bar for the lightweight sports car.
The XL Sport boasts the worlds most powerful 2-cylinder engine, the V-Twin made famous by the Ducati 1199 Superleggera motorcycle. The V-Twin is only slightly adapted for the XL Sport, and maintains unmatched efficiency. Thanks to its tough lightweight titanium connecting rods, the 1199 cc double overhead camshaft engine can rev up to 11,000 rpm. The Ducati 1199 Superleggera, with its near perfect power-to-weight-ratio, is the world’s most powerful two-cylinder motorcycle.
The Ducati’s V-Twin engine is why the 1,962 lb XL Sport has a top speed of 168 mph and 197 horsepower!
The XL Sport’s interior features red leather with carbon fiber trim and red contrast stitching on the steering wheel. Aluminum accents the rear air vents, climate control fascia, and the shifter. The XL Sports digital instrument cluster displays gauges, oil pressure, and lap time.