"314 MPG" Volkswagen XL1 Confirmed for Production
February 21, 2013 11:15 AM
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The car will make its appearance at the Geneva motor show in March next month
Volkswagen has confirmed
its XL1 hybrid
for production, which will make its appearance at the Geneva motor show next month.
The two-seat Volkswagen XL1 has a plug-in diesel hybrid system that allows it to achieve 314 MPG and 31 miles on electric power alone. The CO2 emissions sits at 21 g/km, and it is considered the most aerodynamic car with a Cd figure of 0.189. It's also very light at just 1,752 pounds.
The XL1 hybrid features a 47 bhp 0.8-litre, two-cylinder diesel engine with a 27 bhp electric motor and 5.5 kWh battery pack. According to VW, the XL1 can go from 0-62 MPH in 12.7 seconds with a top speed of 98 MPH.
The XL1 also has some other interesting features, such as a design that completely covers the rear wheels to reduce drag; a pair of rear-facing mirrors on the side of the car instead of door mirrors; wing doors that swivel upwards and forwards, and slightly offset seats for the most interior space possible.
As mentioned, the XL1 is very light at just
because it is mainly made of carbon monocoque. Aluminum is used on the suspension and dampers as well as ceramic for the brakes and magnesium wheels.
A price has not been confirmed yet, but some reports say the XL1 could cost as much as £70,000 ($107,000 USD). The car will make its appearance at the Geneva motor show in March next month.
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A collectible no doubt
2/22/2013 1:38:10 AM
I doubt many folks will find this particular model all that practicle but if you want something unique that gets good mpg in spite of the sticker price, this would be an attention getting toy. The concept is good, but the actual vehicle is not so good IMO.
RE: A collectible no doubt
2/22/2013 3:16:40 PM
To me, the purpose of the XL1 is brand enhancement, so if people associate VW with the concept of efficiency, that's really all that matters. It is to VW what the LFA is to Lexus and the Roadster is to Tesla.
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