Gogreen with the Volkswagen XL1
Volkswagen is preparing to unveils its “a spectacular appearance – a car of the future, built for today,” Volkswagen XL1 at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show in this March. The first production batch of the XL1 will be limited to 50 units only.
The long-waiting 2014 Volkswagen XL1 was first introduced way back in 2002 as the 1-Litre concept vehicle. The has futuristic exterior design with awesome gullwing doors which remains identical to the 2009 L1 concept unveiled at the 2011 Qatar Motor Show.
The German automaker claims the XL1 the most aerodynamic production car ever. It features a one-piece monocell RTM carbonfibre tub that comes with carbonfibre panels similiar to the one on the McLaren P1, making it capable to deliver an outstanding drag coefficient of only 0.186. The car also gets a narrowed rear-end, and futuristic wheel covers over the rear wheels.
The Volkswagen XL1 is fitted with a small 800cc two-cylinder Turbo Diesel Injection (TDI) engine, and electric motor powered by lithium-ion battery. Its 800cc engine produces 47 hp, while the electric motor is good for another 27 hp, all of which will send the power to the rear wheels through a VW’s 7-speed DSG transmission. The engines can run independently or together.
The two-seat XL1 weighs 1,753 pounds and can travel 100 kilometers on just 0.9 liter of fuel (261 U.S. mpg), while in all-electric mode it can travel one kilometer (0.62 mile) on just 0.1 kWh of electricity.
Speaking of speed, the Volkswagen XL1 might be efficient, but it won’t be fast. According to Volkswagen the car accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 12.7 seconds and only has a top speed of 99 mph.