On Thursday February 21st, Volkswagen released what will easily be the most bizarre model to hit the road that doesn’t look like anything else currently in production. It will also be the most fuel efficient, with a claimed mpg rating of 261!
The third stage in VW‘s goal of building a 1-liter car, the XL1 as it is officially named, is the fruition of a plan to design a production car for everyday use that can travel 100 km on just 1 liter of fuel. With the two-seater XL1, Volkswagen says, “this vision has become reality.”
The XL1, set to make its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show on March 5th, is powered by a 47 hp two-cylinder turbo diesel-engine mated to a 27 hp (20 kW) electric motor and a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The unique powertrain enables the car to travel up to 50 km (31 miles) on pure electric power, with acceleration to 62 mph rated at 12.7 seconds.
The unique vehicle weighing just 1.753 lbs. offers space for a driver and passenger who sit slightly offset, similar to a conventional vehicle. However, both the driver and passenger will sit tremendously low to the ground with the car’s rood just 45 inches off the ground.