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168-mph Volkswagen XL Sport takes power from Ducati, wings from Lamborghini

168-mph Volkswagen XL Sport takes power from Ducati, wings from Lamborghini

BERLIN: The eco-hyper-pod XL Sport, having superbike’s engine and sports-car, is the 200 millionth car produced by the VW Group.

Volkswagen Concept Sport XL 1

A genuine exotic in every regard, it manages to make fuel economy exciting, and the driving experience itself is pure. The car is light, has no power steering, a brilliantly simple interior, and is a throwback in terms of road and steering feel. It’s brilliant, and it uses almost no gas.

Volkswagen Concept Sport XL 4

Given that the original fuel-sipper version was so engaging, an XL-based car with more power and no record-chasing efficiency conceits to worry about would be downright fun. And with the debut of this XL Sport concept, VW takes us a step closer to that eventuality.

Volkswagen Concept Sport XL 2

It’s longer and wider than the XL1, and in terms of footprint, the rear track equals the front track (the XL1 body narrows toward the rear).

Volkswagen Concept Sport XL 5

The 197-hp two-seater is powered by the same 99 lb-ft, 90-degree V-twin found in the Ducati 1199 Superleggera sportbike. It redlines at 11,000 rpm and is mated to a 7-speed DSG. The run from 0–62 mph (100 km/h) takes 5.7 seconds, and the XL Sport will keep on running until it reaches its top speed of 168 mph.

Volkswagen Concept Sport XL

Like the XL1, this too is a featherweight, featuring a CFRP monocoque and high-strength steel subframes. It tips the scales at 1962 lbs. The front suspension features pullrod actuation for the dampers, while the rear has a pushrod setup.

Volkswagen Concept Sport XL 6

Carbon-ceramic brakes hide behind the car’s 18-inch magnesium-alloy wheels, which are shod in 205/40 rubber in front and 265/35 meats in back. Other fun factoid: the mechanism for the rear wing is swiped from the Lamborghini Aventador.

Volkswagen Concept Sport XL 7

The cockpit carries forward the XL1’s beautiful simplicity while incorporating new elements like a lap timer. Will VW build it? We’d guess yes. This is an extremely fleshed out concept that writes a second chapter for the XL story. Will we ever see it here? The answer to that, sadly, is likely no.