Just over a year ago, Volkswagen gave us the astonishingly futuristic VW XL1; an almost concept styled production car that was capable of around 313mpg. With a look that was reminiscent of something destined for a sci-fi film, the XL1 brought the automotive world to life through its demonstration of aerodynamic and technical breakthrough. Now however, with the Paris Motor show in full swing, Volkswagen have unveiled a new version of the XL1 – the XL1 Sport Concept.
The new, one off, XL Sport concept marks the 200 millionth car to be produced by the VW group; we're sure you'll agree that it's a vehicle that is very worthy of the title.
Leaving behind the 1-litre diesel and electric motor system of the original XL1, the XL1 Sport utilises the world's most powerful two-cylinder engine which is taken from the new, limited edition, Ducati 1199 Superleggera. This technical masterpiece of an engine features two-cylinders at 90 degrees to each other to form a V2; revving to 10,000rpm, this slightly adapted and stunning engine produces 200bhp and launches the XL Sport from 0-62mph in 5.7 seconds.
The similarities between the XL Sport and Ducati 1199 Superleggera don't stop there however; both share in similar achievements. The Ducati has the best power to weight ratio of any motorcycle in history; the XL Sport's power to weight ratio mixed with its simply astounding aerodynamics work to make it the fastest 200bhp car in the world.
As with the XL1, the XL Sport is a masterpiece of aerodynamic design. Boasting a drag coefficient of 0.258, the XL Sport represents a technical breakthrough in automotive aerodynamic design. The highly aerodynamic body has been transferred straight from the XL1 and is therefore made almost entirely of carbon-reinforced polymer, making the XL Sport incredibly light and stiff.
The sleek aerodynamic body is complimented by a series of active aerodynamic features; adaptive waste heat vents are incorporated into the rear hatch, these open and close automatically to help remove excess engine heat. There is also a retractable rear spoiler that spans almost the entire rear width of the car, powered by the same motor as the Lamborghini Aventador's rear wing, this helps to keep the rear of the car planted to the road at all times.
Aesthetically, the car keeps the same futuristic shape as the XL1 but combines this with new aggressive yet beautiful sports focused styling. At the front of the vehicle larger wheels, a new front splitter and new aggressive brake cooling slots turn the XL Sport from friendly XL1 hybrid to futuristic sports car. Moving along the sleek carbon body, large, almost McLaren-esque, wing doors are seamlessly integrated and add a new element to the car.
The rear of the vehicle has been widened to make space for the new larger wheels and the new Ducati engine. Standing behind the XL Sport you would be excused for thinking you were looking at a futuristic racing car, the wide stance and aggressive rear splitter presenting a truly sporty appearance.