|Volkswagen XL Sport|
However, the XL1’s design features and futuristic look could not match the fact that it has impressive fuel consumption figure of 1 litre/100km! As you collect your jaw from the floor VW has introduced an even better and more powerful version. The XL Sport not only improves on the XL1 looks but also delivers impressive performance figures. However, the new sporty Volkswagen still retains the great fuel efficiency qualities visible on the XL1.
Whereas the XL1 is at its widest at the front and curves towards the rear, the XL Sport is just as wide at the back as at the front. The XL Sport front still features VW “design DNA”. Compared to other VW, which use a prominent front grille to achieve this, the XL Sport uses a continuous stripe. The black cross-stripe, consisting of energy-efficient dual LED headlights, forms a continuous band at the front.
|Wider and aggressive front|
|Coupe influenced profile|
The wing doors are hinged at two points, the A-pillars and just above the windscreen in the roof frame. The result of this is that the doors do not just open upwards, but slightly forwards as well. The doors also extend far into the roof. When opened, they free up an exceptionally large amount of entry and exit space.
|Red LED ribbons dominate the rear|
|A merger of motorcycle and vehicle technologies|
Merging into the roofline is the rear hatch that conceals the Ducati engine, the 7-speed DSG and 107 litres of luggage space.A red LED ribbon follows the shape of the rear section. At the sides, the ribbon is framed by another, vertical, LED element which serves to emphasise the width of the XL Sport. Lastly a large black diffuser merges almost seamlessly into the completely enclosed underbody and is finished at each side with a chrome exhaust tailpipe.
|View from above|
|Power train set up|
Compared to the XL1, which had a top speed of 160 km/h from a 35 kW (46 hp) two-cylinder TDI engine and a 20 kW (26 hp), the XL Sports can clock 270 km/h. 0 to 100 km/h takes 5.7 seconds which is 7 seconds less compared to the XL1 acceleration time. The XL Sport rides on a double wishbone front and rear chassis. The large 18-inch forged magnesium wheels conceal powerful ceramic disc brakes.
|Slightly offset seats|
The XL Sport’s steering wheel has decorative red stitching and is equipped with aluminium shift paddles for rapid gear shifts. Aluminium touches are visible on the air vents, climate control buttons and around the centre console. The red seat belts match the distinct stitching found on the steering wheel. The slightly off set passenger and driver seats remain unchanged. They both offer impressive ergonomics suitable for long drives.
|Striking and sporty|