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Ten years in the supercool, superefficient 261-mpg XL1 stunning gas mileage and a glimpse of the priorities for drivers and car manufacturers.

its gull-wing doors and ultra-aerodynamic the diesel/plug-in electric XL1 looks something custom-car legend Barris would have up for the Douglas Trumball sci-fi Silent Running and represents the end of more than 10 years of for VW.

The XL1 is based on VW’s 2002 concept car which was designed to 100km (62 miles) on one liter of and was shepherded through its laborious by the grandson of Porsche founder Porsche, Volkswagen Group Ferdinand Piëch .

Piëch and VW to do for hybrids what Bugatti did for which was make something so the top that the brand’s commitment to could never be questioned. the XL1 only makes 68 horsepower with the Bugatti Veyron’s there is just as much under the hood.

So, what a decade of development get you? its carbon fiber underpinnings and cockpit, the XL1 is powered by an ingenious 47 horsepower 800 cc diesel engine to a 27 hp electric motor and a seven-speed gearbox. Wired reported the costs for the XL1 exceeded 10 figures, and the mileage is the most obvious

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The XL1 is all about weight savings to maximum efficiency; the monocoque the interior shell of the car — is from carbon fiber and reinforced composites. To shave more weight, the XL1 doesn’t power steering or power a lightweight camera and LCD screen rearview mirrors and the traditional window.

THR recently spent some behind the wheel of the XL1 on the streets of Germany Volkswagen’s home. The doors swing up to reveal two bucket seats, originally in tandem, as in a fighter jet, in an version. Hit the starter button and the XL1 is noisier than a conventional as the weight reduction extends to the of sound baffling. On the road, the XL1 smooth if a little sluggish a 0-60 time of about 12 — but performance as defined is about fuel efficiency, not power.

The XL1’s sleek lines, rear wheels and rounded contribute to a super-slippery drag 0.189 (for reference the Model S’s is .27 and the Toyota .25) and a lithe curb of 1,753 lbs. What the XL1 in speed and amenities it makes up for in emissions and some seriously gas mileage — it can go from Monica to Beverly Hills than 40 times on 1 gallon of which would please an contingent on the Westside if the car were to the U.S. which, for the moment it is not only 250 XL1s will be this year, which certainly satisfy the scarcity-equals-status favored by Industry drivers on the waiting list for a Mercedes

VW says many of the innovations the car has — especially the use of composite to reduce weight and with it, gas — will find way into the rest of the carmaker’s

“California, from an efficiency is a step ahead of other and leads the way in environmental consciousness,” VW’s Darryll Harrison . XL1 represents the next generation of efficient transportation.”

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