Text: Martin Aguilar / Photos: Newspress, Volkswagen Press | posted October 02, 2014 17:28
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The XL Sport concept made its world debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show, a vehicle that furthers Volkswagen's development of lightweight sports car.
Volkswagen says the XL Sport concept took design cues from the XL1 that was revealed by the German automaker last year. The XL Sport concept has an overall muscular design, but has similarities with the Audi R8 when viewed up front.
The XL Sport concept has dual LED headlights and daytime running lights. Air intakes can be seen on either side of the headlights and the XL Sport concept is fitted with a conventional radiator grill. Moreover, the bumper of the vehicle is incorporated with a mesh grill and a splitter.
In profile, the XL Sport concept is equipped with 'e-Mirrors', a small streamlined camera integrated in the fenders which replaces conventional side mirrors. The 'e-Mirrors' send images of the surroundings behind the car to two displays inside the vehicle.
The rear of the XL Sport concept features an extendable spoiler and a coupe-shaped roofline. The bumper of the vehicle has black diffuser finished with a chrome exhaust tip. It also has the iconic red LED 'ribbon' that follows the shape of the rear section.
Inside, the XL Sport concept has a digital instrument cluster that includes a lap timer and oil pressure display. The steering wheel is accented by red stitching and equipped with aluminum-alloy shift paddles. Aluminum accents can also be seen around the aircondition vents and climate control system.
The XL Sport concept is powered by a Ducati 1199 Superleggera V-Twin engine rated at 200 PS. It can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.7 seconds with a top speed of 270 km/h. Furthermore, it has a curb weight of just 1,962 pounds (890 kg) and has a 9.95:1 weight-to-power ratio.