Powered by a Ducati V-twin engine out of the 1199 Superlegerra motorcycle rated at 197 horsepower, the XL Sport is capable of a 168 mph top speed and 5.7-second dashes to 60 mph. With a curb weight of just 1,962 pounds, that makes for a 9.95:1 weight-to-power ratio.
With an 11,000-rpm redline, the Ducati engine is sure to make the XL Sport’s driving experience even more fun than the power-to-weight ratio suggests.
Beyond the power and lightness, the XL Sport is also very aerodynamic. With a coefficient of drag of just 0.258 and a frontal area of only 1.7 square meters, it’s one of the most aerodynamically efficient cars ever from Volkswagen. With countervailing interests on the sporty side of the design spec, that’s a particularly impressive result.
The chassis of the XL Sport itself is completely new, featuring motorsports-derived design; it’s built from steel subframes around a carbon fiber reinforced polymer body.
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The XL Sport is, thus far, only confirmed as a demonstration of the brand synergies between Volkswagen and Ducati, though limited production, like that planned for the XL1, is likely.