Test Driving Volkswagen’s 261MPG XL1 Hybrid Speakeasy WSJ — Volkswagen XL1

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Volkswagen’s XL1 shows off its doors. Jonathan Welsh

the past several years, efficiency has become a major point for car makers and a vital for an industry facing stricter rules regarding fuel and cutting emission of harmful

Today’s best traditional cars typically travel up to 40 miles per gallon while like the Toyota Prius get 50 mpg. But how would drivers about a car that goes 261 on a gallon of gasoline?

That’s what German giant Volkswagen AG says its XL1 hybrid can do. Of course one has to consider the is based on European testing which differ from used in the U.S. and tend to in higher fuel-economy ratings. the XL1 appears to work a sort of with fuel.

I took a test-drive this week in the teardrop-shaped car that seats two and make an ideal commuter car in the You would have to be commuting to a job to comfortably cover the XL1’s sticker price of about when it goes on sale year. The company attributes the in part to the car’s race-car carbon-fiber construction and expensive process.


Still, the exotic coupe the direction VW and other car makers are in efforts to boost fuel across their fleets. So hybrid drivetrains could show up in the family sedan or

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On the road the XL1 has a firm ride to its hard, skinny tires to cut rolling resistance. It also noisy inside when the engine starts because VW weight by not adding much insulation to the body. The cabin is and the two seats are staggered with the slightly ahead so the body be narrower. Overall, though, it is and has a high-quality feel. It felt cool to climb in and out through the doors that resembled graceful wings when

For a number of reasons there is chance the car will make it to the market. It uses rear-view technology instead of mirrors, violates U.S. regulations, and have enough airbags to our federal standards. Besides, plans to build just 250 and already has “more interested than we have cars,” a said.

The XL1 can run on battery power alone for up to 31 and has a two-cylinder turbo-diesel engine puts out 48 horsepower and has a displacement of 830 centimeters – about the size of a motorcycle engine. The car weighs pounds and has a drag coefficient of which Volkswagen said is the of any production car. Thanks in to its slick shape, it can cruise at 62 mph 8.3 horsepower, the company said.

It has a top speed of 99 mph and can accelerate from to 62 mph (100 miles per hour) in seconds.

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