This is the car I wish Volkswagen would make to rival the Alpine A110
The other day, I was watching a video about the new Alpine A110 and I had a thought. What if Volkswagen were to make a mid-engined, lightweight sports car to rival it? Surely it would be reliable, quick, efficient and look good? Well, it turns out a concept floated around not too long ago which would have been perfect.
The XL Sport appeared at the Paris Motor Show back in 2014 and it is perhaps the most exciting thing I have ever seen Volkswagen come up with. This one-off car came about because it was 200 millionth car produced by the German manufacturer, so they wanted to make a bit of a statement, and that they definitely did.
As you can see, it has the same body as the XL-1, Volkswagen's ultra rare and expensive super efficient car from a few years ago. But instead of a 47 hp turbo-diesel engine, it has a 197 hp engine from a Ducati 1199 Superleggera motorbike.
It weighs a little more than a bike but still not much at all. The total weight comes in at around 890kg which is the same weight as 1.8 Renault Twizy's. VW say the XL Sport can get from 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds and has a top speed of 168 mph, which may not be as good as the A110 but it doesn't mean they couldn't make it better today.
Having read more about this car, it baffles me as to why VW couldn't try tapping into the sports car market. Take Audi for example. The original TT started off with the base from a Golf and look how successful that has (or rather had) become. If VW took the base Golf platform and tweaked it a bit, they might be able to come up with a very exciting car indeed. They could even use a GTI or R hybrid assisted engine and I'm sure it would be fantastic.