XL1 is a two person concept car produced by Volkswagen. The German producer presents it as the most fuel efficient car in the world. The car is based on a much older Volkswagen concept, the 1-Litre car revealed in 2002. The concept supposed the car would have the capacity to travel 100 km on 1 litre of diesel fuel (the equivalent of 235 mpg). The concept was modified in 2009 as the L1 and in 2011 was first unveiled at the Qatar Motor Show the XL1.
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XL1 is powered by 800 cc two-cylinder (half of Volkswagen’s 1.6-liter turbo diesel four) and a separate electric motor and battery pack. The diesel engine is producing 48 horsepower. When combined with the hybrid system’s electric motor is producing 68 hp and max torque of 103 lb-ft.
Although it looks very sporty, the performance is relatively modest. The sprint from zero to 62 mph takes 12.7 seconds and the top speed is limited to 99 mph. XL1 is an environmentally friendly car capable of a record breaking of 313 miles per gallon.
The car can also travel 31 miles (50 km) using the electric motor emitting zero carbon dioxide. XL1’s overall emissions are just 21 g/km. In comparison with the ultra-green Toyota Prius, XL1’s emissions represent less than a quarter of the amount produced by Prius.
The XL1 exterior and interior have a sporty theme. Carbon fiber and a lot of lightweight materials as aluminum, magnesium (wheels), ceramics (brake discs) were used to create most part of the vehicle. Body, seats, even the flat-bottom steering wheel are made of carbon-fiber. Only 23% of the car is made out of steel or iron. This is why XL1 is weighing just 795 kg.
Another particularity of XL1 is the fact that instead of rear view mirrors the car has rearward-facing cameras feeding two door-panel-mounted monitors.
By late 2013 will begin the limited production of 250 cars that will be on sale only in Germany and Austria. The car is expected to cost 111,000 euros and will be available on sale in 2014.
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