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All-new Ducati-engined Volkswagen XL Sport revealed


The all new Volkswagen XL Sport model featuring a Ducati engine was showcased at the Paris Motor Show, yesterday.

The model is a sports car featuring a rear-mounted modified V2 engine from the new Ducati 1199 Superleggera - the world's most powerful two-cylinder motorcycle engine which produces 197bhp delivering a top speed of 168mph.

The aerodynamics of the concept car are enhanced with special air curtains, wheel arch air outlets, an optimised underbody, a diffuser that reduces aerodynamic lift and adaptive exhaust heat vents integrated in the rear lid.

The XL Sport follows the dynamic and extravagant design of the XL1. The concept car is slightly longer and wider than the XL1 giving the vehicle a wide, low and impressive appearance on the road.

Along with the XL Sport, Volkswagen also showed the new Passat GTE2.

This is the first Passat to be offered as a plug-in hybrid, which comes with a TSI engine combined with an electric motor. In E-mode the Passat GTE covers up to 31 miles, all-electrically for zero emissions. When the combustion engine and electric motor work together, the Passat GTE develops a system power of 160kW / 215bhp and has a driving range of over 621 miles.

Standard features of the Passat GTE include extras, which are also available as options on other models, including the automatic post-collision braking system, front assist and city emergency braking.

> Check out our picture gallery of the Paris Motor Show 2014, here - AM's Paris Motor Show picture gallery

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