2013 Volkswagen XL1 review and pictures

Posted on Sunday, 24 February 2013 , 10:02:28 byAngela

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Volkswagen XL1

The ones interested in the ultra-frugal Volkswagen XL1, know that the German manufacturer has finally released some info on it. Their plan is to present it for the first time at the 2013 edition of the Geneva International Motor Show. The new German vehicle is actually the most fuel-efficient production car in the world and has a fuel consumption of 0.9 liters per 100 km. Because of its plug-in hybrid system the two-seat car can also cover a distance of up to 50 km in all-electric mode. The CO2 emissions in this case are zero. It weighs one 795 kg and has a low center of gravity measuring only 1.153 mm high.

Under the hood it hides a plug-in hybrid system that contains a 2-cylinder TDI engine capable of generating 48 PS, an E-motor that also produces 27 PS, a 7-speed dual clutch gearbox to transfer the output to the wheels and a lithium-ion battery. The CO2 emission level reaches 21 g/km. The output enables the car to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 12.7 seconds and to reach a top speed of 160 km/h. The monocoque with its slightly offset seats for driver and front passenger, all exterior body parts, but also the functional elements like the anti-roll bars are all made of CFRP. The overall weight of the model indicates the fact the CFRP is the ideal material for the body of the Volkswagen XL1. Besides being lights it is also safe. This is due in part to the high-strength CFRP monocoque that is also lightweight. In a crash, it provides the necessary survival space for the driver and passenger. More info on the model will be released at the Motor Show in a couple of weeks, so do not go very far.