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Four-Wheeled Future: Volkswagen the World’s Most Fuel-Efficient but You Can’t Buy It

Courtesy of VW of America.

The lightweight, 261 m.p.g. VW XL1.

The VW XL1 is a of petroleate parsimony, wringing a gallon of gas a travel distance of 261 Just to put that in perspective, means that this limited-production, diesel/electric-hybrid automobile can go times as far on four quarts of dinosaur juice as the most Vespa scooter can. due to the inalienable laws of physics, it is to accomplish this while like something that leak out of a grieving Stormtrooper’s eye at the of Emperor Palpatine.

Why does the XL1 accomplish this tear-dropping gas sipping? Mainly of the triumphant will of Volkswagen’s Prof. Dr. Ferdinand Piëch.

As of his ongoing and endemically Teutonic of setting (and surpassing) goals, at the start of the 21st Piëch decided that the should build a car that drive 100 kilometers on one liter of We’re bad at math and worse at conversions, but we know better to argue with tenacious leaders, so we’re just to say Glückwünsche and move on.

In order to this, the XL1 uses every from the contemporary vehicular-efficiencies It rids itself of needless by substituting lightweight carbon aluminum, and magnesium for denser and ordinary ores (less one-quarter of its structural materials are or steel). It squats down where the forces of nature see or touch it, like a sports actually five inches than our beloved Porsche

It’s wind-cheatingly narrow, so that your solitary is positioned behind you in the cabin in a that prevents you from the carnal frisson of rubbing and forearms. And it does away bulky niceties such as steering and sound-deadening insulation, that last bit is rendered less relevant by the additional of those notable noise the side mirrors. These are by tiny, rear-facing cameras and video screens inside, an that has the unfortunate side of leaving the XL1 looking a bit like one of streamlined Fascist sculptures of Übermenschen .

Also onboard is a battery-powered motor, which can whir you 30 miles on its own juice and which you can in and recharge, as well as a tiny engine that can help to the wheels or provide some zip for the lithium-ion cells. According to our pal Gillies, product-and-technology communications at VW, all of this conspires to allow the XL1 to the term ‘supercar’ to describe a that isn’t just for outright speed or acceleration, but for ultimate efficiency.” Fair but what’s it like to drive? we haven’t been in one yet, but the seem to concur with assessment that the XL1 isn’t for outright speed or acceleration: highway limits are achieved in 13 seconds, which is twice as as it takes an ordinary car like a Accord to do the same.

Fortunately for us, our good friend and New York Car Jew Jonathan Schultz, the editor of BBC Autos . recently had the to get behind the XL1’s squared-off and agreed to give us the inside

Jonathan generally enjoyed the of being transported into the and had special praise for the legible and VW gauges, which lacked all but the necessary gimcrackery. But he also had qualms. First up were the ceramic brakes. “You those unglazed, rough pots you made in kindergarten?” asked us. “Imagine rubbing sandpaper on them.

That was the sound produced every application of the brake And though the design was, for akin to something penned by “a Raymond Loewy,” and thus irresistible,” he said he couldn’t see owning such a car. Of this decision was based on the same reason that wouldn’t want to own any car in New York “I like my bicycle too much.”


Not that this will be a for him. VW is not planning to bring any of the 250 it is building to the States.

For more on the XL1, check out our slide below.

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