Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Volkswagen XL1 Gets 261-MPG

 The production model of the XL1 made its official debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show today, with a fuel consumption of 0.9 liters per 100 km. According to the German automaker, the two-seater hybrid can be driven up to 31 miles in pure electric mode. It barely tips the scales at over 1,750 pounds and has a drag coefficient of just 0.189, and a low center of gravity.

The XL1 is powered by a 47-hp, two-cylinder turbo-diesel engine paired with a 27 hp (20 kW) electric motor. All the power is sent through a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission and can accelerate to 62 mph in 12.7 seconds.

With a side-by-side seating position, this is not (we reapeat, NOT) a concept car. VW will make just 250 models with a price rumored to be close to $100,000.