Volkswagen XL Sport Concept

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Unveiled at this week’s Paris Motor Show is the Volkswagen XL Sport Concept, a radical departure from the sturdy and economical vehicles for which the German automaker is known. The coupe is something of a mashup between car and motorcycle, featuring the same 197-horsepower V-twin engine found in the Duacti 1199 Superleggera motorcycle. Here it’s mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, capable of powering a 0 – 62 mph (100 km/h) sprint time and a top speed of 168 mph. The car is based on the Volkswagen XL1 — the hybrid economy car VW claims is capable of 260 miles per gallon — and showcases design notes seemingly influenced by the Audi R8 and TT. The XL Sport is a few inches longer and wider than its XL1 counterpart, and is built on a racing-derived chassis with high-strength steel subframes. The body, meanwhile, is hand-built from carbon-fiber-reinforced polymer and resins, for a total package weight of 1,962 pounds. Stay tuned for word on production possibilities for the eye-catching concept.

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