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  • Volkswagen intends to produce 261 mile per gallon XL1 - Press release, pictures

    261 miles per gallon, not a typo. Bet your Prius doesn't feel quite so efficient now does it? The XL1 originally began as a concept 10 years ago and has been updated since. The newest iteration features a plug-in hybrid system allowing 31 miles of travel on the battery alone. Aerodynamics play a huge role with the .189 coefficient of drag making the car quite the slippery design. Add in lightweight cabon fiber bodywork and you have one incredibly efficient car.

    It is not a powerhouse with 47 horsepower two cylinder diesel motor and a 27 horsepower electric motor. 0-60 comes in 12.7 seconds. So, it's absurdly slow. But also absurdly fuel efficient for the two people it can hold.

    Price? Likely in the 1XX,XXX range. Not going to be for everyone or the answer to fuel efficiency concerns for the average household. Press release and pictures below.








    02.21.2013
    VOLKSWAGEN ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF XL1, THE WORLD'S MOST EFFICIENT PRODUCTION CAR
    • Volkswagen to produce XL1 at its Osnabrück plant in Germany, using carbonfiber technology
    • The XL1 is the most aerodynamic production car ever, with a Cd of 0.19
    • 261 mpg combined fuel consumption was a vision-now it's a reality

    Wolfsburg, Germany - The XL1 from Volkswagen is the most fuel-efficient production car in the world, with a European combined fuel consumption rating of 261 mpg. Thanks to its plug-in hybrid system, this two-seat vehicle can also cover up to 32 miles as a zero-emissions vehicle in all-electric mode.

    The XL1 is an automotive standout that follows pure sports-car design principles: light weight (1753 pounds), exceptional aerodynamics (Cd 0.19), and a low center of gravity. This super-efficient Volkswagen thus has the ability to cruise down the road at a constant 62 mph while using just 8.3 horsepower. In all-electric mode, the XL1 requires less than 0.1 kWh to cover more than a kilometer.

    The XL1 emits just 21 g/km of CO2, thanks to its high-tech lightweight design, aerodynamic efficiency, and a plug-in hybrid system consisting of a 47-hp two-cylinder TDI® engine, a 27-hp electric motor, a seven-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission, and a lithium-ion battery. The 261 mpg fuel consumption figure is a record that has not been achieved by any other vehicle to date, showing that Volkswagen is redefining what is technically feasible in the automotive industry. The XL1 also has a top speed of 99 mph and can accelerate from 0 to 62 mph in 12.7 seconds.

    Conceptually, the XL1 represents the third evolutionary stage of Volkswagen's 1-liter car strategy. When the new millennium was ushered in, Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Piëch, currently Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Volkswagen AG, formulated the visionary goal of putting into production a practical car that had combined fuel consumption of one liter per 100 km (235 mpg). In the two-seat XL1, this vision has become reality.

    Despite the tremendous efficiency of the XL1, the engineers and designers successfully came up with a body design which delivers more everyday utility than the two previous prototypes. In the L1, the 1-liter car that was shown in 2002 and 2009, the driver and passenger sat in a tandem arrangement for optimal aerodynamics; in the XL1, the two occupants sit slightly offset, side by side, almost like a conventional vehicle.

    The XL1 is 153.1 inches long, 65.6 in wide, and just 45.4 in tall. By comparison, a Volkswagen Polo is slightly longer (156.3 in) and wider (66.2 in), but is significantly taller (57.6 in). Even a purebred sports car like today's Porsche Boxster is 5.1 inches taller. The XL1 will look spectacular going down the highway-a car of the future, built for today.
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    Comments 4 Comments
    1. mkodama's Avatar
      mkodama -
      That's impressive. Will be cool to see that on the road.
    1. Sticky's Avatar
      Sticky -
      Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by mkodama Click here to enlarge
      That's impressive. Will be cool to see that on the road.
      It will probably be cool for hollywood types and green freaks to be seen in. I'd never want one.
    1. cisi's Avatar
      cisi -
      i dont get this cars.. the final goal is to spend less or to be green, and thats cool.

      But this car want be green nor will it allow you to spend less on you mileage. (and for sure it is not cool)
      Just considering the miles/gallon as a cost factor is not the reality. Its 80000 $ more than i would spend on a (beautifuler) golf, so this car will never be as cost effective as a golf considering my customer costs per mile.

      And finally the "green" point. They will sell thsi car maybe what... 100 times? that makes the whole production, deployment and investment C02 emissions so heavy per car, that the 261 miles per gallon will never compensate it in any way. This car is less green and more inefficient as my old land rover discovery if you consider the full process CO2 output and not only the resulting 261 miles per gallon this car (maybe) delivers.

      Finally this car is just a "big show effect" object, not green and not efficient at all.
    1. Sticky's Avatar
      Sticky -
      Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by cisi Click here to enlarge
      i dont get this cars.. the final goal is to spend less or to be green, and thats cool.

      But this car want be green nor will it allow you to spend less on you mileage. (and for sure it is not cool)
      Just considering the miles/gallon as a cost factor is not the reality. Its 80000 $ more than i would spend on a (beautifuler) golf, so this car will never be as cost effective as a golf considering my customer costs per mile.

      And finally the "green" point. They will sell thsi car maybe what... 100 times? that makes the whole production, deployment and investment C02 emissions so heavy per car, that the 261 miles per gallon will never compensate it in any way. This car is less green and more inefficient as my old land rover discovery if you consider the full process CO2 output and not only the resulting 261 miles per gallon this car (maybe) delivers.

      Finally this car is just a "big show effect" object, not green and not efficient at all.
      It's pretty much exactly that, just to show off and have a MPG record which looks cool to greenies and liberals.