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Volkswagen XL Sport Concept – The lightest modern sports car in the world, powered by Ducati engine

Ultra-lightweight and powered by a Ducati engine, the Volkswagen XL Sport is a very special sports car that didn’t go into production.

In the late 2000s, German car manufacturer Volkswagen experimented with the idea of ​​a super-economical vehicle equipped with a plug-in hybrid two-cylinder diesel engine. This limited production model was named the XL1, and it was once considered the most fuel-efficient car ever produced.

In 2013, Volkswagen President, Ferdinand Piech, surprised many people when he announced the project of a high-performance two-cylinder sports car. That particular car is called the XL Sport Concept, and its engine is claimed to be the most powerful two-cylinder in the world. Unfortunately, this car was “prematurely dead” and exists only as a concept model. Recently, the Peterson Automobile Museum in Los Angeles, USA looked back at the greatness of this car through an interesting discovery video.

Taken from a Ducati 1199 Superleggera, XL Sport’s famous V-Twin engine block can reach 11,000 rpm and produce 197 horsepower. While this isn’t really impressive for a sports coupe, it’s important to remember that the XL Sport has a body made of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP). This factor makes the car light at only 890 kg – so light that the Peterson Automobile Museum calls it the lightest modern sports car. As a result, XL Sport can achieve amazing performance figures such as acceleration from 0-100 km / h in 5.7 seconds, and a top speed of up to 270 km / h.

Not only does it have a powerful motorcycle engine, Volkswagen XL also carries many other performance-focused components such as a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, titanium connecting rods, pushrod rear suspension, wheels. desmodromic valves, ceramic brakes, and various magnesium alloy components. It is also equipped with a pair of bird wings to add to the overall “coolness”.

Can you imagine what would happen if the XL Sport Concept became a production car? It would probably be a really unusual addition to the Volkswagen lineup then. Now, this is no longer possible as the German car manufacturer is making a strong move into the field of electric vehicles.

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