2013 Geneva Motor Show Preview: Vw XL1 revealed in production form

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 21, 2013

Although it seems hard to believe, Volkswagen revealed today the production version of the XL1 a.k.a. the most fuel-efficient production car in the world, with a fuel consumption value of 0.9 l/100 km. Set to make its world debut in March at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the new Volkswagen XL1 uses a plug-in hybrid system consisting of a 0.8-liter two-cylinder TDI engine (35 kW / 48 PS), E-motor (20 kW / 27 PS), 7-speed dual clutch gearbox (DSG) and lithium-ion battery. The XL1 is able to sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 12.7 seconds and has a top speed of 160 km/h (100 mph).

The big surprise is that the Volkswagen XL1 needs only 0.9 liters of fuel per 100 km, a record figure that has not been achieved by any other vehicle to date. Volkswagen XL1 has the ability to cruise on the road at a constant speed of 100 km/h using just 6.2 kW / 8.4 PS.

In all-electric mode, the XL1 requires less than 0.1 kWh to cover a driving distance of over one kilometer. The XL1 is an automotive hero that follows pure sports car design principles: low weight (795 kg), perfect aerodynamics (Cd 0.189) and a low centre of gravity (1,153 mm high).

Moreover, the XL1 emits only 21 g/km of CO2. In electric mode, the XL1 has a maximum range of 50 km. The XL1 is 3,888 mm long, 1,665 mm wide and just 1,153 mm tall. By usual automotive standards these are extreme dimensions.

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