The VW XL1 Makes Its Debut In Geneva

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!

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

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)

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