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Volkswagen XL Sport is an efficiency-focused supercar (pictures)

Volkswagen has ripped the heart out of its XL1 and replaced it with something that beats a tad faster: an 1,199cc V-twin from Ducati.

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PARIS -- This is the Volkswagen XL Sport, a re-imagining of the XL1, a diesel-hybrid that managed over 200 mpg.

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Volkswagen XL Sport concept

With the XL Sport, the focus is more on performance.

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Volkswagen XL Sport concept

The diesel-hybrid powertrain has been replaced by a 1,199cc V-twin motor from VW's corporate cousin Ducati.

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Volkswagen XL Sport concept

The Superlegerra motor gives roughly four times the power of the previous car.

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Volkswagen XL Sport concept

Gull-wing doors are still standard.

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Volkswagen XL Sport concept

Bigger magnesium wheels add more grip without adding too much weight.

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Volkswagen XL Sport concept

Carbon-fiber construction also keeps this thing below 2,000 pounds (890 kg).

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Volkswagen XL Sport concept

A minimalist interior, with the passenger seat shifted slightly back to save room.

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Volkswagen XL Sport concept

Plenty of new wings and fins and louvers.

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Bigger brakes are needed to handle the extra power.

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Volkswagen XL Sport concept

The Ducati heart, wedged in the narrow engine bay.

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Volkswagen XL Sport concept

A seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox is used.

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Volkswagen XL Sport concept

Red stitching in the sports seats are another indicator of the extra performance.

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Volkswagen XL Sport concept

Not much cargo space, but enough for a brisk trip to the grocery store.

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