Volkswagen XL1 spied once again

2013 Volkswagen XL1 spy photo 10.09.2012 / Automedia
2013 Volkswagen XL1 spy photo 10.09.2012 / Automedia

The XL1 promises to be VW's most economical car ever.


Volkswagen confirmed back in March that they plan on introducing a limited-run series of the XL1 next year. The car will probably be known as the XL1 when it reaches the production phase, and these are the latest spy shots with the 1-liter vehicle. VW says that it will be capable of achieving a combined fuel consumption of 0.9 liters / 100 km (261 mpg US or 313 mpg UK) and should have CO2 emissions of just 24 g/km.

The two-cylinder, 800cc diesel engine can produce 47 hp (35 kW) and 89 lb-ft (121 Nm) of torque, sending the power to the rear wheels via a 7-speed DSG gearbox. There’s also the electric motor capable of providing an additional 27 hp (20 kW) and 73 lb-ft (100 Nm) of torque which can either work alone or in parallel with the diesel engine. On electric mode, the VW XL1 should be able to provide a range of up to 35 km (21 miles).

It will have a curb weight of somewhere around 795 kg (1752 pounds) and a drag coefficient of only 0.186. The drivetrain weighs 227 kg (500 pounds), while only 23.2 percent of the vehicle is made from steel or iron. The Volkswagen XL1 is capable of doing the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in 11.9 seconds, before hitting a top speed of 98 mph (158 km/h).

As a reminder, the XL1 is a follow-up to the L1 revealed in 2009 and the Formula XL1 shown last year at the Qatar Motor Show.


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grdlow grdlow
audi r8 front + audi a7 rear = vw xl1
Sep 11th, 2012 4:41am
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Shotokan6 Shotokan6
Had no idea such a drag coeficient was even possible on a passenger car!
Sep 11th, 2012 2:03am
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NYyanks NYyanks
this car screams, "FUTURE".
Sep 11th, 2012 1:33am
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TomasramonCorrea TomasramonCorrea
I wonder if those probably very expensive and complicated doors will make it to production. The design is quite interesting and I guess is a two-seater.
Sep 10th, 2012 8:14pm
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sideskraper sideskraper
Awesome. Even if the driving experience will be underwhelming, this is a very cool car.
Sep 10th, 2012 7:27pm
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Godfather Godfather
Sep 10th, 2012 6:46pm
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whatitis whatitis
Got to respect the "Godfather", genius nor originality is an easy commodity to get hold of in this day an age. Not least because we find ourselves on a public car website/forum but because what you say is so eeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaassssssssyyyyy. Bottom line is, like many people here, sign me up and get this car on the road ready to buy.
Sep 14th, 2012 5:06am
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