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http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2014/10/01/volkswagen-xl-sport-concept-gets-ducati-power/?intcmp=obmod_ffo&intcmp=obnetwork

Volkswagen XL Sport Concept gets Ducati power
For a year now, rumors of a Ducati-powered version of the Volkswagen XL1 hyper-efficient, super-lightweight car made the rounds. Today, those rumors have come true: this is the XL Sport concept.

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.

The suspension is a control-arm setup with pullrod damper actuation. Carbon ceramic brakes help cut weight while maximizing braking ability. Even the engine focuses on weight savings, with titanium connecting rods and valvetrain and magnesium-alloy components elsewhere in the engine.

Inside the XL Sport, the compact cockpit offers a digital instrument cluster with lap timer and other performance features. The steering wheel gets red accent stitching, and aluminum shift paddles for the DSG dual-clutch gearbox. The seat belts are also red, while the dash and vents get anodized aluminum accent trim.

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.





 

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Wood shift knob looks a little out of place. Silly Germans.
 

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Love the front, hate the rear......
 

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Am I seeing a little MC-12 influence here or should I check my meds???



 

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Love the front, hate the rear......
What where they thinking there :thewife:
To me, it's more about an exercise in producing a lightweight, and expectedly, great handling car. And doing it by utilizing a much lighter engine. (Kawasaki's new supercharged 300 hp engine would be an awesome way to power a lightweight sports car)

Having owned sports cars and performance sedans from 2200 to 3800 lbs, the most enjoyable drives, for me, were the lighter weight cars (2200-2750 lbs. - Alfa Romeo Spider, early 70's Porsche 911, 1st generation BMW M3).

I wish I could bring myself to pulling the trigger on a new Alfa C4. At 2437 lbs, it's one of a few sports cars available in the US that gets me excited. And it's Italian! :smoking:
 

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No, Kevin, no.......we've been agreeing on a half dozen topics until this. That Alfa is underpowered, not especially attractive, and waaaaay overpriced.
 

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No, Kevin, no.......we've been agreeing on a half dozen topics until this.
All good things ...

That Alfa is underpowered
0-60 in 4.2 seconds. 12.8 Quarter Mile. Underpowered for what? It's power to weight ratio that matters. Not just power. :naughty:

not especially attractive
Quoting Road & Track magazine "Sex on wheels ". :smoking: Yes, I know R&T is a lousy rag.

and waaaaay overpriced.
$55,000 base price. Now, how much are those new 911's? :stickpoke
 

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Those 911's are way more money....but you already knew that. Resale? Reliability? Shall I go on?

You need to change your moniker from Italiaallthetime to Italiawhenitmakesgoodsense.
 

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Those 911's are way more money....but you already knew that. Resale? Reliability? Shall I go on?
Probably not. Mine is worth 4-5 times what I paid for it. :naughty:

You need to change your moniker from Italiaallthetime to Italiawhenitmakesgoodsense.
Italian ... makes sense ALL the time. :smoking:
 

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Based on the be xl1 diesel hybrid. The extreme opposite of the veyron. Only available in Europe and capable of 200+ mpg. Piech said make it and they did. This appears to be a fun version. The reason it looks like it does is because it was designed for fuel efficiency. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volkswagen_1-litre_car
 
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