The VW XL1 Makes Its Debut In Geneva
Two weeks ago we heard that Volkswagen will put the "supercar of plug-in hybrids," the XL1 into production. A car that can achieve a fuel efficiency rating of 261 MPG*, at a cost of close to $100,000.
Five XL1s Built...245 To Go!
Now we know how many of the ultra-green, ultra-cool extended range hybrids will be built. Apparently, just 250 according to Jalopnik. That is, at least to get started; if the demand is there, VW will build more.
As a refresher on what an estimated $80,000 to $95,000 gets you these days...besides exclusivity:
- all electric range of 31 miles
- slightly askew 2 person seating
- an aerodynamic Cd rating of just 0.18
- vehicle weight of 1,753 pounds.
- top speed of 98 mph
- 0-62 mph in 12.7 seconds
- scissor doors
Another 260 Miles In The Books; Another Gallon Of Diesel
To be fair that 31 mile range and 261 MPG rating we think will be given a sizeable haircut by the EPA's much tougher rating system. We estimate about 25 miles/175 MPGe for anyone lucky (or deep pocketed) enough to acquire one.
The XL1 utilizes a plug-in hybrid power-train of a .8L two-cylinder TDI diesel engine that puts out 47hp, and a 20kW electric motor, good for 27HP via a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, and the body is made up of mostly of carbon fiber reinforced polymers, along with polycarbonate windows.
What you don't get is a back window...or any grief from your neighbour about how green his extended range plug-in is.
XL1 Photo Gallery: (double click)