It seems that German carmaker Volkswagen is working now on a GTI-powered version of the VW XL1. We have information regarding this process from different sources according to which the carmaker is planning a new model called XR1. This will actually will replace the 2-cylinder TDI and electric motor combo of the XL1 with the 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbocharged unit of the Golf VII GTI. This new engine will be able to accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 4.6 seconds and to reach a top speed of 190 mph. The Volkswagen XR1 will be capable of reaching a fuel consumption of 70 mpg, so it will still be an efficient car.
The new chassis will ne lengthened and widened to make room for the mid-mounted engine and dual-clutch transmission. All these will add more weight to the car, but by removing th electric motor and the battery pack will reduce around 100 kg. Moving on, we also have to mention the rest of the elements like for example the rear wings and the removal of the rear wheelhouse fairing.
Chances are the gullwing doors will be retained, but also the cameras that are like rear-view mirrors will also be retained. To transfer the output to the road, the engineers have offered 16- or 17-inch alloy wheels. It will not have the carbon ceramic brakes, magnesium wheels or the polycarbonate side glass since there would make it pricey, but even so these might be worth it. The XR1 will have a starting price of around GBP40.000, if the model will be approved for production. This is all we have on the matter for now.
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