Volkswagen Unveils XL Sports Car

Volkswagen Unveils XL Sports Car

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.

VW XL 1 - Ignition Live

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.

VW XL 3 - Ignition Live

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.

VW XL 4 - Ignition Live

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.

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