New Yorkers will be able to get a glimpse of the futuristic and highly efficient Volkswagen XL1 for the next week. The VW XL1 arrived in New York City as part of a month-long American tour that has gone from Los Angeles to Washington D.C., and now has hit the New York City aka the Big Apple.
The XL1, which looks like it came straight from a sci-fi movie, is the most fuel-efficient production car in the world. (At least that is Volkswagen’s claim.) The plug-in hybrid 2 seater gets 261 mpg and can go 31 miles on full electric power if you choose.
Volkswagen engineers mated an incredibly efficient, diesel-electric plug-in hybrid (PHEV) powertrain with a lightweight carbonfiber structure. The futuristic car weighs just 1753 pounds and uses a 48-horsepower two-cylinder turbocharged direct-injection TDI Clean Diesel engine which is paired to a 27-horsepower electric motor and a 7-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission, and a 5.5 kWh lithium-ion battery. In addition the XL1 has aerodynamics that would make a race car jealous with a coefficient of drag of just 0.189. This means the VW XL1 can travel at speeds around 62 mph while using just 8.3 horsepower. In all-electric mode, the XL1 requires less than 0.1 kWh to cover more than 0.6 miles (one kilometer because they use that in Europe).
What’s the top speed? Ok, well now speed demons will be buying since it has a top speed of 99 mph and goes from 0 to 62 mph in 12.7 seconds. That’s probably fine for 90%+ of US city driving though.
Want to buy one? Well you can see the Volkswagne XL1 cruising the streets of New York City not that many will be built. Just 250 XL1s will be built at the Volkswagen factory in Osnabrück, Germany. They VW XL1 is going to sell for roughly $145,000 per car. Expensive? Yes, but it’s totally worth it so you can brag to your friends you are getting 261 mpg.