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Christopher Bruce2013-11-11 17:47:15

Ducati-Engined XL1 Being Internally Developed at Volkswagen

Limited production is also a possibility

 
 
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The XL1 is due to go on sale next year

Ferdinand Piech’s idea to create a sporty version of the XL1XL1Volkswagen XL1Germany, 2013 > present11 photos
using a Ducati V-twin engine is gaining traction within the company. Piech showed a rendering for the car during a presentation to students at the Technical University of Vienna.

Piech’s rendering was codenamed the XL Sport and used a 1.2-liter V-twin engines from a Ducati 1199 Panigale with 190ps (187hp) and 91lb-ft (123.7Nm) and a Volkswagen dual-clutch transmission.

“Yes, we are working on it internally. It is a very special project,” said Hans-Jakob Neusser, VW head of research and development.

The company’s plan is to create a one-off prototype to display at an auto show in 2014. From there, it may be put into very limited-run production, but that is still something of a long shot.

If anyone can push a project like this through VW, it is Piech. When he was VW Group chairman, he spearheaded the Bugatti VeyronVeyronBugatti VeyronGermany, 2000 > present30 versions
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, and much earlier in his career, he developed the 917917Porsche 917Germany, 1969 > 19817 versions
28 photos
2 videos
at PorschePorschePorscheGermany, 1931 > present43 models
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Encyclopedia
VolkswagenVolkswagen
XL1 Gen.1XL1 Gen.1
XL1XL1
Engine
Straight 2
Displacement
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Top Speed
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Transmission
7, Double Clutch
Maximum power
48 hp
Type
Fixed-head coupé
Fuel
Diesel / Electric
Fuel consumption (combined)
261.33 US MPG
price
--
annual ownership cost
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