During a recent during a lecture at the University of Vienna, Volkswagen Chairman Ferdinand Piech revealed the first details on very cool Ducati-powered XL1 sports car . The new model will be called XL Sport, and it looks a lot more aggressive than a base XL1 .
The new XL Sport will drop the usual hybrid powertrain found in the XL1 and will adopt a 1.2-liter, V-twin engine from the Ducati 1199 Panigale . This new engine will deliver a total output of 190 horsepower — a considerable increase over the 85 horsepower delivered by the stock XL1.
Along with a more powerful engine, the XL Sport will be distinguished by a more aggressive exterior look. It will get a huge front lip spoiler, a ventilated hood, extended fenders, motorsport-inspired graphics and a sportier set of wheels.
Up to this point, we have no idea if the XL Sport will make it to production or not, but it sounds like an intriguing concept regardless.
Click past the jump to read more about the standard Volkswagen XL1.
*Image Note: The above image is of a base XL1, not the XL Sport
The XL1 is powered by a hybrid drivetrain that combines an 800 cc two-cylinder TDI engine that delivers 48-horsepower with an E-Motor that adds another 27 horsepower and a seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox (DSG). This system ensures a driving range of 31 miles in all-electric mode. The XL1 can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 12.7 seconds and can hit a top speed of 100 mph.
Production of the XL1 will be limited to only 250 units.