Volkswagen has officially unveiled the Formula XL1 concept, ahead of its debut at the Qatar Motor Show
Back in '09 Volkswagen revealed its L1, which was aiming for a 1.0L/100km fuel economy rating. But now the company has gone one better (well, 0.1 better) and unveiled its XL1, with an astonishing rating of 0.9L/100km. C02 emissions are reportedly as low as 24g/km.
The latest iteration of Volkswagen's "one litre eco car" is equipped with a 47hp (35kW) 800cc two-cylinder TDI engine and a 27hp (20kW) electric motor that draws power from a lithium-ion battery. Connected to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, the 795kg concept accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in 11.9 seconds, before hitting an electronically limited top speed of 160km/h. More importantly, the two-seater can be driven in EV mode for a total of 35km.
To achieve its low weight, Volkswagen uses a carbonfibre reinforced polymer body panels, formed using VW's patented Resin Transfer Molding (aRTM) process.
Volkswagen calls the XL1 "a near production concept", pointing to a low-volume run in the future.
Length 3970mm (like a Polo)
Height 1184mm (like a Lambo Gallardo Spyder)
Bootspace 100 litres
Engine weight 227kg
Total kerbweight 795kg
Drag coefficient 0.186
CO2 emissions 24g/km