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The 2014 Volkswagen XL1 like a car of the future, but it sounds a car from the past. A body as as a fish, tires as thin as a gullwing doors and a tail like a tadpole’s give car an otherworldly look that’s as as the sound of its engine. But instead of the low hum or whoosh that you’d from a car so dramatic, you hear the putterings of a lawnmower.

And that’s there’s a tiny twin-cylinder engine beneath that rear end, whose idle has you wondering whether car’s mechanicals are entirely as should be. They are, of The 47-horsepower 800cc engine is of an ingenious, lightweight bundle of designed with a challenging in mind.

The mission is Dr. Ferdinand The VW boss challenged his engineers than a decade ago to develop a everyday 1-liter car for the showroom. In you’re wondering, 1 liter, in case, has nothing to do with displacement. Rather, it refers to a car can travel 100 kilometers or 62 miles on a liter of fuel. This is how consumption is measured in mainland with 1 liter equivalent to gallon and a spectacular 240-mpg consumption.

The Goal: 261 MPG

After 11 years and two (including a 639-pound carbon-fiber and prototype powered by a 1-cylinder engine that Piech drove 200 kilometers for the annual meeting) the XL1 is ready for prime

And it’s this car that has put into small-scale production. A run of 250 examples will allow a few to drive the most economical car in the There’s no word on price but there are plenty of mouth-dropping to mull over for now.

The item weighs 1,749 It has a drag coefficient of 0.189. Its twin-cylinder diesel plug-in powertrain achieves 261 mpg on the official cycle, and puts out just of CO2. In electric-only mode it travel 31 miles, and on electricity and together you can cover 310 miles plugging in or refueling. The XL1 accelerates to 62 mph in seconds and it’s electronically to 100 mph in the interest of economy.


The numbers are impressive, but not half as as seeing the 2014 Volkswagen XL1 on the This is a car that’s roughly the length as a Ford Fiesta, and 5 inches lower than a Boxster. It looks like a between a space-age reconnaissance and a sports car and also (whisper it) than a little like a Insight and GM’s EV1. because the teardrop silhouette to the three is the cleanest way to cleave the but only the VW has gullwing doors and a monocoque chassis. Weight is the reason for this indulgence, mass has been chased every corner of this

Of the XL1’s featherweight 1,749 372 pounds are accounted for by carbon-fiber 393 pounds are lightweight metals as aluminum and magnesium, and only 405 are of iron and steel. The drivetrain 499 pounds including the lithium-ion the running gear accounts for 337 the electrical system (complex on a is 231 pounds and the car’s equipment 176 Weight has driven every of this project.

Half a

The diesel twin driving the car is one half of VW’s direct-injection, 1.6 TDi engines. It produces 47 hp and 89 pound-feet of comes with a balance to calm the twin cylinders’ pulses and drives through a paddle-shift DSG automatic. Sandwiched the pair is a 27-hp electric providing a stout 103 lb-ft of and doubling as a starter-generator. An extra clutch allows the TDI engine to be from the starter-generator and the transmission so the car unimpeded by engine braking. with rolling resistance has yielded low-friction wheel and driveshafts and bizarre-looking front only 125mm wide. The are fatter but are a still-anemic 155mm.

Mirror Imaging

If you’re why the Volkswagen XL1 has no rear window, because the drivetrain sits the passenger compartment. The rear opens to reveal a trunk with carbon fiber and the cooling fan that is the reason for the little vents in this This arrangement eliminates the for a rearview mirror and the door have gone too, by twin door-mounted cameras project onto screens of the door armrests.

All of this to the drama of this ultrahigh-grade So do the gullwing doors, which cut into the roof to ease passage past a fat rocker a low and economically upholstered seat. The closes easily with a thunk. Low volume or not, VW feels like a quality as you’re confronted by a wide a flat-bottomed telescoping wheel, pedals, paddle shifters and a infotainment system. But more than any of these pieces are the screens in the doors, which shortly be showing you where been.

Volkswagen XL1

Exotically Economical

Any thought you’re in an exotic sports car is dispelled by the diesel twin to life, its muffled clatter the of an ancient two-stroke Saab. car does not sound fast, but it sound interesting.

Drive it and you can pull the shift lever Drive, leave it there and what will undoubtedly be mpg numbers. But there are modes will take you further on and ampere and an EV button in the center switches the XL1 to electric-only propulsion at of up to 44 mph for up to 31 miles. Tugging the gear engages Sport, which more regenerative braking and throttle-off deceleration. Tug it again, to normal mode and the diesel when you back off the throttle, the car to coast forever: the pay-off for its low-drag engineering. Like all this is a car in which you can learn to go You must also learn to use electronic mirrors, which well but take time to

Taut Connectedness

Remarkably, the Volkswagen XL1 has a subtly sporting to its character. It’s not fast, of though if you nail it and convert putter to muted throb it gain pace briskly This is a low-mass car with an lower center of gravity and a drive layout, so cornering is respectable. There’s amazingly roll, and although there the chance to discover this on the it’s easy to imagine part of your fuel-saving will involve a minimum of for bends.

The car’s feeling of connectedness helps, the suspension as as the seats and the unassisted steering plenty of feel when you The odd drumming of bumps and the scrape of pads on ceramic rotors you that this VW’s gear is bolted to a very structure.

That’s probably why the difference between full EV and hybrid mode is more in this car than other and why you more easily hear the motor winding down to a and the diesel’s putterings. But while sounds aren’t loud, certainly interesting and give fascinating car great character. also mask VW’s integration of diesel engine and motor, their coupling and as unnoticeable as you’d hope.

The result has to be the most sophisticated and entertaining eco-car yet invented. Add in looks, construction worthy of a charming practicality and the opportunity to top 250 mpg and you a mighty compelling car. And an one, too. Which is for a car that’s about saving. The news is that much of the of this ultra-rare VW is destined for that most of us can afford.

And we’d bet, won’t Dr. Piech one bit.

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