Volkswagen have revealed the brand new XL1 2 seater 314 mpg, which is set for limited production later on this year. The company revealed the production version of the diesel electric hybrid XL1. A vehicle Volkswagen have claimed that can travel a little over 62 miles on just one litre of diesel. The two seater lightweight car has been revealed previously in concept form, which claimed similar overwhelming figures, though now Volkswagen have confirmed final production numbers of CO2 emissions of 219g and 314 mpg.
What else does this new Volkswagen offer?
The reason for the impressiveness of the efficiency is the kerbweight which is lower, the frugality of the powertrain and the aerodynamic design. The model weighs in at 795kg as it is made up mainly of light carbon fibre reinforced plastic and extremely thin glass on the windscreen. The body of the car itself weighs only 230 kgs. Lightweight however is no way flimsy, with the reinforced plastic providing an extremely high strength survival space in case of a collision. The front and back aluminium structures are there to absorb most of the collision energy and the gullwing doors have been fitted with explosive bolts so that people involved can get out of the car if it happens to flip upside down.
The car is powered by an 800cc diesel 2 cylinder engine with 47 brake horsepower and a 27bhp electric motor, which delivers power to the back wheels through a 7 speed dual clutch gearbox. If in electric only mode, the model can travel up to around 30 miles on one charge. Whilst driven in diesel only mode at regular motorway speeds, Volkswagen claim that the car can average around 130-40 mpg, or around 250 miles on one 10 litre tank full.
What else does this Volkswagen model come with?
The XL1 has claimed a drag co-efficiency of 0.189, which is better than the Prius that claims 0.25, this is due to the XL1s long, narrow and low design, this is achieved by having slim tires and e-mirrors that are mounted in the doors, compared to traditional style wing mirrors. These project images onto screens within the cabin, which enable the driver to see behind them. Inside the cabin, the passenger and driver sit next to each other, though one seat is mounted just slightly behind the other one. The dashboard is laid out simply with similarities to other Volkswagen models in the line up. The model also comes with a 120 litre boot.
There has been no word on the price of the vehicle as of yet, though there are rumours in the manufacturing world that indicate that this model will more than likely be sold as a lease vehicle, rather than outright. The annual production of the vehicle is estimated to be anything between 50 and 5,000 models. The UK has actually provisionally requested 50 Volkswagen XL1s.