|Volkswagen breaks off the cover for its anticipate XL Sport Concept in Paris yesterday. The Volkswagen XL Sport concept is based on the XL1, the most efficient car of all time.|
In a nutshell, the Volkswagen XL Sport concept’s monolithic surfaces exude a more muscular appearance than the little XL. Its broad wings and large wheels, along with extreme proportions and lines give the sports car-inspired concept a broad and low impression on the road.
From the looks, the XL Sport concept features the dual LED headlights on the back of the intakes and DRLs; marks of the XL1. There’s no front grille, instead horizontal lines dominate the front fascia: specifically, a black cross-stripe combines with the ‘smoked’ headlights.
A sports car inspired design is unraveled in the Volkswagen XL Sport Concept
The XL Sport is just as wide at the back as at the front, and the view is accentuated by the retractable wing doors at each of the A and B pillars. The wing doors are hinged at two points: low on the A-pillars and just above the windscreen in the roof frame. The lightweight polycarbonate doors also extend far into the roof. When they are opened, they create an exceptionally large amount of entry and exit space. As for the windscreen, a special type of thin glass is utilized.
In addition, there are distinctive air inlets and outlets to ensure an optimum air flow and for cooling the drive unit. These inlets and outlets give the silhouette an exciting stretched appearance that promises power yet exudes a rare elegance and a timeless beauty. Integrated cameras replace the door mirrors, while the e-Mirrors (digital outside mirrors) send images of the surroundings behind the car to two displays. In front of the rear wheel arches, ‘Motore Ducati’ lettering refers to the 1199 Superleggera engine in the rear.
From the rear, a wide, flat fascia with distinctive shoulders and a extendible rear spoiler (like the one in the Lamborghini Aventador) offers the concept a desirable back. Then there’s the coupe-shaped roofline, minus a rear windscreen, that conceals the Ducati engine. Another new feature of the XL Sport is a louvre comprised of five slats that are seated flush in the rear hatch, which, depending on the temperature, open automatically to cool the drive unit. Other noticeable highlights include
red LED ribbon, adaptive waste heat vents in th rear hatch, a black diffuser and the dual chrome tailpipe. Completing the package is the 18-inch magnesium wheels, along with 205/40 R 18 front and 265/35 R 18 rear tyres.
In dimensions, the XL Sport is 4,291 mm long, 1,847 mm wide, 1,152 mm high, and has a wheelbase measuring 2,424 mm. All measurements of the XL Sport doubles up compared to the XL. A CFRP (carbon reinforced polymer) body, with monocoque, is used for the XL Sport.
The XL Sport runs a more simplistic interior according to the vehicle’s dynamics. For example, the XL Sport boasts a characteristic digital instrument cluster specially designed for motorsports, with an individual lap time and oil pressure display. A flat carbon part that extends the top of the instrument cluster covering to completely eliminate reflections.
The concept’s steering has decorative red stitching and is paired to aluminium shift paddles. Further details in the cabin consist of anodized aluminium accents around the air vents, climate control fascia and the DSGshift gate, red seat belts and offset seats with red stitches and edges.
Although incorporated with a Motorcycle engine, the Volkswagen XL Sport Concept still amazes in terms of output performance
In the engine department, the XL Sport takes up a motorcycle engine, in the form of the Ducati 1199 Superleggera’s V2 2-cylinder. Output of 200 PS ensures the concept’s 270 km/h top speed, on the back of a drag coefficient of 0.258. The car’s acceleration from 0–100 km/h is done in 5.7 seconds.
The chassis, incorporated in a high-strength steel space frame, consists of a double wishbone front axle with the dampers connected below in a pull rod configuration, and a double wishbone rear axle with the dampers connected above in a push rod configuration. The concept has a dependable stopping power, thanks to somewhat large ceramic discs.
Like the XL1, of which only 250 units will be built, the XL Sport (Superleggera) is also being manufactured in a limited edition of 500 units.