Volkswagen has surprised the motoring world by unveiling a 167mph bike engined XL Sport concept. Revealed in Paris, the XL1 based concept is fitted with a modified version of the world’s most powerful 2-cylinder engine, borrowed from the Ducati 1199 Superleggera.
Producing a substantial 197bhp and based on a platform that weighs 890kg, the XL Sport can accelerate from 0-62 in 5.7sec, sending power through a seven-speed DSG gearbox and revving as high as 11,000rpm.
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Growing in length and width compared with the XL1, the XL Sport is 4291mm long and 1847mm wide. It’s 1152mm tall and has a longer wheelbase too, giving it a wider footprint most likely to improve handling and stability.
Inspired by motorsport, the interior and exterior feature details to optimise performance. Outside, air curtains, wheel arch outlets, a rear diffuser and a smooth underside improve aero-efficiency and reduce lift, whilst adaptive exhaust heat vents are integrated into the rear lid to improve airflow and cooling.