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First Drive: 2014 XL1 [Review]

Most cars are to be driven, discarded and forgotten, but the XL1 will almost certainly be in the history books.

As singularly to efficiency as the Volkswagen Group’s Veyron is to speed, the XL1 was created to the unthinkable: To travel 100 kilometers (62 using only a single of fuel, a feat that to 235 mpg. Moreover, this an auto show fantasy it’s a car that you might see on the road in Europe.

Thanks to aerodynamics, scads of carbon and a cost is no object engineering the XL1 actually manages to exceed goal and hit 261 mpg in European testing, a that isn’t likely to be by another production car any time

Join us as we head to VW’s headquarters in Wolfsburg, Germany, to out this futuristic mpg machine.

Efficiency ingredients

Lower a Lamborghini Gallardo, shorter Volkswagen’s subcompact Polo at only 1,753 lbs. than just about on the market, the XL1 is a mid-engined, diesel-electric hybrid that traces its to the ultra-minimalistic 1-Liter concept Volkswagen unveiled back in

Like the 1-Liter, the XL1 was designed an extreme focus on cheating the Along with a slippery, body shape, it boasts drag-reducing details, including a enclosed underbody, rear fairings, active grille and camera-based e-mirrors in place of side-view mirrors.

Although it the 1-Liter’s narrow, aero-enhancing seating and canopy roof for a practical offset seating and butterfly wing doors, the XL1 boasts a drag-coefficient of just — lowest of any production — meaning precious energy is wasted in knifing the air.

The XL1’s parallel system consists of a 47-horsepower, two-cylinder diesel, a 27-horsepower motor and a seven-speed dual-clutch The transversely-mounted setup is capable of a maximum of 67 horsepower and 103 lb-ft of to the rear wheels, enough for the two-seater to amble from mph in 12.7 seconds.

A 5.5-kWh lithium ion battery mounted between the front furnishes 31 miles of EV only — as long as the driver in a rush — while a fuel tank theoretically total range to 749 miles.

use of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic the XL1 helps to cut weight and ease the on the diminutive powertrain. The central all body panels and numerous components are made of CFRP, is used for the crash structures and of the suspension and magnesium is employed in structural elements as well as the

Naturally, all of those lightweight trim mass but also add to the price tag, which likely be somewhere north of if Volkswagen decides to sell the XL1 (right now, a leasing is looking more likely). 250 examples will be built, availability limited to Europe.

On public roads, the XL1 will be a sight indeed, though likely see its fuel-saving tricks down to numerous more VW Group models in the future.

under the door and slide the small-diameter, flat-bottomed steering and you’re greeted by Spartan yet appointments and an unusual juxtaposition of low-tech touches. For example, the e-mirror displays incongruously door panel real with old-school manual cranks that save pounds over electric

Volkswagen XL1

Fashioned from molded fiber and finished with a appliqué, the dash is all business, few buttons and a small Garmin display that also fuel economy and hybrid info. Space is tight but despite the narrow body, enough room for two to sit without elbows due to the offset seats. The measures just 4.8 cubic so hypermilling road trippers need to pack light.

Once underway, a mechanical of whirring, humming and grinding it clear that sound materials were most a casualty of the weight saving Those used to Lexus-style could easily find it yet we enjoyed getting the chance to in on the rasp of the carbon ceramic the quiet clicking of the suspension and all the other noises that are filtered out from most vehicles.

We were also surprised by the unassisted steering, weight-saving throwback that the extra effort it requires by a complete picture of the front activities at all times. Less was the ride, which was quite even on the smooth roads we and would borderline uncomfortable if were added into the

The powertrain is programmed to stay in mode for as long as possible, the oil-burning two-banger firing up when summoned by a heavy foot or when the electric runs low. Aside the diesel’s clatter, made all the evident by the lack of sound the transition to hybrid mode smoothly, without any uncouth or judders.

Regardless of drive acceleration could generously be as glacial — passing essentially require a calendar. Of such criticism is akin to the Ferrari 458 Italia for its pathetic — it’s really the point of a rather exceptional

Leftlane’s bottom line

The XL1 was meant to be a volume-selling people’s and given the high price, space and hyper-focused mission, the of this expression of Volkswagen’s might certainly will be to a privileged few.

Still, something to be said about how the XL1 about accomplishing its record-breaking — an acquired taste it may be, this hybrid undeniably an honest, quirky and characterful It may belong in the history books, but best appreciated from the wheel.

Words and photos by Nat Shirley. photos courtesy VW.

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