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Paris 2014: Volkswagen XL Sport makes world debut

Volkswagen has just introduced the new XL Sport concept at the Paris Auto Show. Based on the XL1, it uses a V-twin engine adapted from the new Ducati 1199 Superleggera, the world's most powerful twin-cylinder motorcycle, to sprint from 0-100 km/h in 5.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 270 km/h.
 
Volkswagen XL Sport
Photo: Volkswagen

With the XL Sport, Volkswagen and Ducati demonstrate how high-tech developments can lead to synergies between Volkswagen Group brands.

Using the lightweight XL1 platform (795kg), most of the body panels on the XL Sport concept are manufactured in carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP) using the Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) process. The forged magnesium wheels, lighter than aluminum alloy wheels, are shod in high-performance rubber (205/40R18 front; 265/35 R18 rear) and partially hide ceramic brakes.
 
Volkswagen XL Sport
Photo: Volkswagen

Using the lightweight XL1 platform (795kg), most of the body panels on the XL Sport concept are manufactured in carbon fibre-reinforced polymer (CFRP) using the Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) process. The forged magnesium wheels, lighter than aluminum alloy wheels, are shod in high-performance rubber (205/40R18 front; 265/35 R18 rear) and partially hide ceramic brakes.

The XL Sport is longer (168.9” vs. 153.1”) and wider (72.7” vs. 65.5”) than the XL1, while their height is the same (45.4”). The XL Sport’s broad front section is marked by dual LED headlights, air intakes on either side, and no conventional radiator grille. Meanwhile, the wing doors are reminiscent of a high-end sports car’s.

Volkswagen plans to build 500 units only. Pricing remains unknown.

Source: Volkswagen