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Here’s yet another look at the Volkswagen XL1, the world’s most efficient car. It achieves a combined fuel consumption of 261mpg and CO2 emissions of 24 g/km. Like the L1, the XL1 uses a two-cylinder turbo-diesel. Displacing 800 cm3, it is rated at 35 kW (47 hp) and 121 Nm (89 lb-ft) of torque and transmits power to the rear wheels through a seven-speed DSG transmission. The electric motor pitches in with 20 kW (27 hp) and 100 Nm (74 lb-ft) of torque, and can work in parallel with the diesel or drive the car independent of it. Fully charged, the XL1 can travel up to 35 km (22 mi) on electric power. Continue reading for two videos, more pictures, and additional information.
When we head back to the parking lot, I realize that overall, the XL1 is much better than I expected. It really feels like a production car instead of a prototype, and that’s the biggest compliment for a limited production vehicle. And limited it is.
Volkswagen already made 50 out of the planned 250 run. They will sell them at “important markets” in Europe, with some probably reaching the shores of China too. This first batch of cars will be actually handed to the public for a month long testing session in Germany, and since many are interested, VW had to set up an essay competition to decide who will be the lucky ones to get it.