Volkswagen Chairman Ferdinand Piech has unveiled a Ducati-powered XL1 during a lecture at the University of Vienna.

Volkswagen Chairman Ferdinand Piech has unveiled a Ducati-powered XL1 during a lecture at the University of Vienna.

Dubbed the XL Sport, the model is distinguished by an aggressive body kit that includes a front splitter, a ventilated hood and extended fenders. We can also see unique alloy wheels and motorsport-inspired graphics.

Little else is known about the model but Piech confirmed will be powered by a Ducati-sourced 1200cc engine that develops 190 HP (140 kW) and 123 Nm (91 lb-ft) of torque. There's no word on performance specifications but the model will reportedly weigh less than 795 kg (1752 lbs) thanks to lightweight components and the absence of the plug-in hybrid system.

Earlier rumors suggested a petrol-powered XL1 could go into production, but the XL Sport sounds like a concept or research vehicle.

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