Volkswagen is allegedly working on a GTI-powered version of the XL1. Could cost 40,000 GBP.

Volkswagen is allegedly working on a GTI-powered version of the XL1.

CAR is reporting VW is planning a new model called XR1 which could replace the two-cylinder TDI & electric motor combo of the XL1 with the four-cylinder, 2.0-liter turbocharged mill of the Golf VII GTI. If this will be done, expect a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in less than 4.6 seconds and a top speed of 190 mph (305 km/h).

Despite the impressive performances, the Volkswagen XR1 will still be an efficient car capable of returning more than 70 mpg UK (58.2 mpg US or 4 liters / 100 km). There will be significant re-engineering required as the chassis will have to be lengthened and widened to make room for the mid-mounted engine and dual-clutch gearbox. These changes will add weight but will be offset by the removal of the electric motor and battery pack which will shave off more than 100 kg (220 lbs).

Other changes include more curvaceous rear wings and the removal of the rear wheelhouse fairings. The gullwing doors are likely to be retained, along with the cameras which serve as rear-view mirrors. The Volkswagen XR1 will ride on 16- or 17-inch alloy wheels and won't have the XL1's carbon ceramic brakes, magnesium wheels or the polycarbonate sideglass since these would make it pricey.

Speaking of price, the same source indicates the XR1 will cost about 40,000 GBP (46,000 EUR / 59,800 USD) if green-lighted for production.

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