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Future Drive: Volkswagen XL1

I visited the future, and it’s a place.


It’s the of VW’s long labor to the first so-called “one-liter” a vehicle that can travel 100 on one liter of fuel. Its 110 km/l actually surpasses that but comes with a caveat.

The XL1 is a hybrid that has a mid-mounted, powertrain comprised of a 2-cylinder engine, electric motor, transmission and a front-mounted 5.5 kWh battery that the European tests will be recharged every 100 (62 miles), so the 261-mpg rating is the of a mix of fuel and electricity.

Even stopping to tap the grid, though, VW the XL1 can deliver up to 140 mpg, nearly times that of the Toyota the most efficient non-plug-in on the today. It accomplishes this a mix of lightweight construction and low aerodynamic

The XL1 is largely made from fiber-reinforced plastics, with and magnesium used for things suspension components and wheels. The frame is wood pulp, and windows are polycarbonate, while the for the windshield is extra thin. The of sound-deadening material was left off the list. The result is a two-seat that weighs 1,753 lighter even than the Fortwo.

Its body tapers to the where skirted, narrow sit closer together than the up front. Rearview mirrors are by video cameras on the doors required a special dispensation safety regulators, and the front end and are lower than those of any car on the road.

You enter the waist-high vehicle the sort of flip-up doors on prototype racing cars, cut-outs in the roof to help access. The Spartan interior a mix of knobs and switches from the VW bin and a few custom pieces, including that are staggered to allow two to fit more comfortably in the narrow A small bin behind the driver’s augments the trunk at the back of the which is big enough to fit two German cases.

The diesel engine has a of just 830 cc and combines with the motor for a maximum output of 68 hp and 103 of torque. The XL1 can go up to 31 miles on battery alone before switching to drive.

It’s not quick, taking 12.7 seconds to get to 60 mph, but it only 8.3 hp to cruise at that less than half of the most efficient VWs of today. requires planning and patience, and the top is limited to 99 mph, because if you drive any faster than this really isn’t the car for

Steering is unassisted and feels as as a go-kart’s. The same day that I the XL1 I was out testing the 2014 Infiniti which features the first system ever fitted to a car, and the difference was dramatic.

the narrow track, body is minimal, and the XL1 can handle an off-ramp or just fine. The ride is than you’d expect a skateboard, but given the low ground you’re better off treating Work Ahead” notices as signs.

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But where the XL1 truly comes up is in the noise department. You can carry on a with someone on the street the slim windows without opening the DeLorean-style, hand-cranked slots embedded within road noise is amplified for effect, making every worthy of a sound editing and when the diesel engine inches behind your kicks in, it sounds like a engine located inches your head.

All of this is the of progress, I suppose. But, so is the XL1’s price: $145,000.

VW plans to make only 250 of next year, that be cheap compared to what it cost to build such a low-volume car. To be fair, technically listed at a more sounding 110,000 euros, it won’t be sold in the United

So the XL1 is less of a production car, of a proof of concept that VW is letting a select few help Think of it as a manufacturer-backed Kickstarter for the ultra efficient car of the future been waiting for almost as as for one that flies.

Oh, but there’s one of on the way, too.

VW is in the process of an XL1 that swaps its hybrid for the 193 hp 1.2-liter V-twin from a 1199 Panigale superbike, because it also owns and it can.

I hope they don’t down the volume on that

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