Volkswagen is moving one-step closer to a production version of their "1-liter" car - a vehicle that can consume 1 liter of fuel per 100 km (235mpg) - with the debut of the XL1 at the Qatar Motor Show. The XL1 represents the third version of VW's ongoing goal to build a 1-liter consumption vehicle and is approaching near-production level fit, trim and finish. With gull-wing doors, Lamborghini height and Polo length and width, this eco-vehicle has a bit more "attitude" than you would expect from something that gets 235mpg+.
The XL1 is a plug-in hybrid consisting of a two-cyliner TDI engine (48 horsepower) and a 20kw electric motor providing an additional 27 horsepower. The 103 lb-ft of combined torque of both motors can accelerate the XL1 from 0-62mph (0-100km) in 11.9 seconds. Electricity is stored in a lithium-ion battery pack and power is routed through a 7-speed DSG transmission. Volkswagen claims they are able to achieve fuel consumption of only 0.9l per 100km (261 mpg) while only emitting 24 g/km of CO2. The XL1 can travel up to 21 miles in full electric zero emissions mode.
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- Phillip @ Jack Daniels Motors