187bhp Volkwagen XL Sport to offer lightweight, powerful racing with a possible entry into motorsport
Darren Moss
27 September 2013

A Ducati-engined version of the Volkswagen XL1 has been revealed. VW board chairman Ferdinand Piëch revealed that the eco car could be fitted with the high-performance engine from the Ducati Panigale superbike, creating a high-performance track or race car.

It has been reported that the XL Sport will be powered by a 1200cc engine which develops 187bhp at 10,750rpm and 91lb ft of torque at 9000rpm. It will be mated to a twin-clutch transmission.

Piëch revealed the XL Sport will be lighter than the 795kg XL1. The limited-run road car uses a two-cylinder, 800cc turbodiesel engine plus electric motors to produce 67bhp in total. The XL Sport is also expected to lose the closed-rear wheel design of the standard car.

Last year, Audi purchased the iconic motorcycle manufacturer. It was understood to be a personal ambition of Piëch. 

Piëch revealed plans for the car during a lecture at the Vienna University of Technology, where he is an honorary professor.

The car is expected to be used as part of Volkswagen's motorsport activities in the future, and may also form part of a limited production run for customers.

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27 September 2013

This is the sort of announcement I'd have expected from anyone but them. Sounds great, but I never saw that one coming. Might want to consider slightly wider rear tyres though...

27 September 2013

... have the Ducati.
Mr Piech can have this or any other XL1 - if VW ever put it into production - all to himself i.e. if his minions can squeeze him into one - perhaps with the help of a gigantic shoehorn.

28 September 2013

Excellent car would be so good with a simple powerful petrol engine such as this. And hopefully not too expensive. Using a mass produced engine would save on costs.
And best of all will be lighter than a turbo diesel.
If possible it would be nice to have a choice between the 1200cc bike engine and the VAG 1.0 turbo petrol tuned to 150bhp.

29 September 2013

If it looses the battery pack plus the electric motor. It could become seriously fast. Say weighting something like 600kg with that 187hp. Ducati engine + twin-clutch automatic.

30 September 2013

"If it does away with the electric drive-train...If it looses the battery pack plus the electric motor. It could become...."

...just a sillee-lookee-likee and really not much at all to do with the original concept of the XL1.

30 September 2013

No it would look the same and be even better.

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