30 Sep '13, 11am

Volkswagen XL Sport: Ducati Gives Ultra-Efficient VW More Power

By Stephen Edelstein Sep 30, 2013 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Google+ 2014 Volkswagen XL1 (Euro spec) - First Drive, Wolfsburg, June 2013 Enlarge Photo Volkswagen is working on a sportier version of its hyper-efficient XL1 plug-in. During a presentation at the University of Vienna, Volkswagen board chairman Ferdinand Piëch announced plans for a Ducati-powered XL1--appropriately named XL Sport. Replacing the XL1's 0.8-liter diesel twin will be a version of Ducati's Panigale V-twin, which displaces around 1.2-liters and produces 187 horsepower at 10,750 rpm and 91 pound-feet of torque at 9,000 rpm. That's significantly more than the XL1. With its electric motor and 5.5-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack factored in, the XL1 can muster 68 hp and 103 lb-ft in "boosting mode." What's unclear is whether the XL Sport will retain the original XL1's electric mot...

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