Volkswagen has a decidedly “green” atmosphere at the Paris Motor Show this year. Models like the plug-in Passat GTE are highlights. But this is undoubtedly a more exciting proposition: the XL sportster.
Beneath its sleek hood lies an unlikely power source. Volkswagen lifted the mill from a Ducati 1199 Panigale Superleggera, which lays claim to packing the world’s most powerful two-cylinder engine. Mated to the group’s double-clutch transmission, it shoves the XL to 100km/h in a commendably brisk 5.7 seconds.
Volkswagen says the tachometer needle can dance all the way to 11,000rpm too. The V2 engine produces 147kW and 134Nm of torque. Top speed is rated at 270km/h and underneath it is based on the fuels-sipping XL1 model Volkswagen revealed last year.
The designers went to great lengths to ensure that it is taken as a serious sports car. The exterior boasts special air curtains, wheel arch air outlets, an optimised underbody, a diffuser that reduces aerodynamic lift and adaptive exhaust heat vents integrated in the rear lid.
–Ignition Live Reporter