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#1 +zhiVago

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 15:19

Arriving in Geneva

Volkswagen has released technical details about the ultra-frugal XL1 scheduled to arrive at Geneva Motor Show in production form.

The Volkswagen XL1 features a two-cylinder 800cc TDI engine producing 47 hp (35 kW) which is backed by an electric motor developing 27 hp (20 kW), while the necessary juice is provided by a 5.5 kWh battery pack. VW says the car has a fuel consumption of only 0.9 liters / 100 km (261 mpg US or 313 mpg UK) with CO2 emissions of just 21 g/km.

With a drag coefficient of 0.189 and a 2224mm wheelbase, the XL1 is 3.888mm long and 1665mm wide, and tips the scales at 795 kg (1752 lbs) thanks to its carbon fiber body. The German company says the plug-in hybrid will need 12.7 seconds to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) and has a limited top speed of 99.4 mph (160 km/h).

The front features a double wishbone suspension, while the back gains a semi-trailing link setup. Other highlights include ceramic brake discs and carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) anti-roll bars. It can travel on electricity for 31 miles (50 km) but the range can be expanded to 310 miles (499 km) if the small 10-liter fuel tank is filled.

The first batch of XL1s will consist of 50 cars and after that Volkswagen will build it on demand. No details for the moment about price.

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#2 XerXis

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 15:21

well it looks ... interesting

#3 Kerm

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 15:29

I'll say it. It's very ugly.

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 15:50

Interesting - if they got rid of those '90's lambo style doors (now ricer doors), and the wheel cover in the back, I think it could look a lot better.

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 16:50

das auto

#6 DrakeN2k

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 17:31

Interesting i allways wonder why wheels and underside need to be exposed. makes the car more aerodynamic.

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 17:37

Why are the wheels so thin? I could only imagine the handling would be terrible.

Interesting i allways wonder why wheels and underside need to be exposed. makes the car more aerodynamic.


Because normal people live in a country that has seasons, such as snowy winter :p

#8 Dan~

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 17:41

115!!! Yer your going to die in that

#9 Tuishimi

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 17:42

I like the front end/grill area... perhaps they will use a modified version of that in future models.

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 17:43

Why are the wheels so thin? I could only imagine the handling would be terrible.


Probably for reduced drag and weight since this seems to be more about maximum gas mileage than handling.

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 18:20

Front half of the car looks good, but the back of the car looks really bad....

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Posted 02 March 2013 - 19:58

That falls along the original lines of if it gets good gas mileage it has to be hideous.

#13 SadJoker

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 07:54

Personally, I think that's pretty awesome. Design of the future - lightweight, aerodynamic. To be honest, I think of driverless when I see that.

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 21:53

Make it just one wheel in the back and you've got an flipside up backwards Reliant.

#15 Ambroos

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Posted 09 March 2013 - 22:05

I usually like Volkswagens but this looks horrible if you ask me :s I'll take one of the current generation Golf or Polo's, thanks.