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Volkswagen XL1 Achieves 261 MPG

Diesel-electric plug-in hybrid performance specs announced

Annette Carrion
Dec 12, 2013

Volkswagen XL1 Details:

  • $145000 VW XL1 rated at 261 mpg on European Cycle
  • Combined system output of 68hp
  • Can cover up to 31 miles as EV
  • Two-cylinder turbo and TDI engine mated to electric motor

Volkswagen XL1 side view urban Photo 2/7   |   Volkswagen XL1

With the ever-increasing price of fuel, plenty of automakers are targeting the economy-minded consumer interested in saving a few bucks at the pump. Audi introduced its e-tron at the LA Auto Show, and just recently New Yorkers got a glimpse of the futuristic Volkswagen XL1 plug-in hybrid.

The XL1 is not the car for the power-hungry driver – its combined system output is only 68hp, but what it lacks in power it makes up in fuel efficiency. The XL1 features a European combined fuel consumption rating of 261 mpg and CO2 emissions of 21 g/km. Thanks to its plug-in hybrid system, this two-seater can also cover up to 31 miles as an electric vehicle. Additionally, it only needs 8.3hp to travel at a constant 62mph.

Volkswagen XL1 front Photo 3/7   |   Volkswagen XL1

This diesel-electric plug-in hybrid uses a 48hp two-cylinder turbocharged and TDI engine mated to a 27hp electric motor with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, and lithium battery to achieve its incredible fuel efficiency. It has a top speed that is electronically limited to 99mph and can accelerate from 0-62mph in 12.7sec.

Stylistically speaking, the XL1 looks futuristic. It features butterfly doors and a sleek carbon fiber reinforced body, which makes the production car very lightweight at 1753 pounds.

Volkswagen XL1 side Photo 4/7   |   Volkswagen XL1

Only 250 XL1s will be produced at the Volkswagen’s Osnabrück factory in Germany, and they don’t come cheap, priced at approximately $145000. The XL1 is probably one of the more expensive cars in the company’s well-rounded profile.

By Annette Carrion
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