Volkswagen Working on XR1 Sportscar

German automaker Volkswagen is reportedly working on a lightweight sportscar using the know how gained while developing the XL1 hybrid.
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According to Car, the project is codenamed XR1 and the result could rival a base Porsche 911, but return the fuel economy of a Volkswagen Golf TDI. The new sportscar will receive the XL1’s basic architecture, with a carbon fiber reinforced polymer chassis for a weight of about 850 kilograms (1,874 lbs) and could be powered by the Golf GTI’s turbocharged 2.0-liter engine.

Wolfsburg engineers are also pondering over a turbo and supercharged setup or even a hybrid one, but a mid-mounted GTI’s engine is more likely, our source claims. While it may sound unbelievable at this point, the XR1 could reach 62 mph (100 km/h) in 4.6 seconds, a top speed of 190 mph (305 km/h) and return over 70 mpg.

Even though it sound like a heck of a sportscar, the XR1 hasn’t been green-lighted by the German company at the time of writing. And given that the Volkswagen Bluesport sank before being released, we need to be a bit cautious about this one.

We might add it’s kind of silly to cancel the stunning Bluesport and consider a vehicle like the XR1.

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