Low weight and high revs will bring excitement to the efficient halo car

Ferdinand Piëch dropped a massive surprise during a lecture at the Technical University of Vienna. The Wolfsburg automaker will be stripping the highly-efficient XL1 halo car of all its hybrid bits and replacing the engine with one sourced from Ducati, thanks to Audi’s acquisition of the Italian bike manufacturer.

According to Germany’s Bild, the new sportcar, dubbed XL1 Sport, will be powered by the 1199 cc Superquadro V-twin engine from the Ducati 1199 Panigale. As a stressed member in the Panigale, the engine produces 195 hp and 98.1 lb-ft of torque. Those numbers translate well to a car that will weigh well under the XL1’s battery laden 1800 lbs.

The motorcycle engine will be matched with Volkswagen’s seven-speed DSG gearbox.

Volkswagen expects to have a media-drivable prototype ready next summer.

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