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Volkswagen unveils frugal XL1 concept


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

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