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Future Drive: Volkswagen XL1

I visited the future, and it’s a place.


Volkswagen’s upcoming XL1 dropped by New York City and I got to take the tiny, streamlined, Beetle for a short drive the Big Apple.

It’s the fruit of long labor to develop the so-called “one-liter” car, a that can travel 100 kilometers on one of fuel. Its 110 km/l rating surpasses that goal, but with a caveat.

The XL1 is a plug-in that has a mid-mounted, rear-wheel-drive comprised of a 2-cylinder diesel electric motor, 7-speed and a front-mounted 5.5 kWh battery pack the European tests assume be recharged every 100 kilometers (62 so the 261-mpg rating is the result of a mix of and electricity.

Even without stopping to tap the though, VW says the XL1 can deliver up to 140 nearly three times of the Toyota Prius, the most non-plug-in on the road today. It this through a mix of lightweight and low aerodynamic drag.

The XL1 is largely from carbon fiber-reinforced with aluminum and magnesium for things like suspension and wheels. The dashboard frame is pulp, and side windows are while the glass for the windshield is thin. The addition of sound-deadening was left off the to-do list.

The is a two-seat vehicle that 1,753 pounds, lighter than the Smart Fortwo.

Its body tapers to the rear skirted, narrow wheels sit together than the ones up Rearview mirrors are replaced by cameras on the doors that a special dispensation from regulators, and the front end and headlights are than those of any other car on the

You enter the waist-high vehicle the sort of flip-up doors on prototype racing cars, cut-outs in the roof to help access. The Spartan interior a mix of knobs and switches from the VW bin and a few custom pieces, including that are staggered to allow two to fit more comfortably in the narrow A small bin behind the driver’s augments the trunk at the back of the which is big enough to fit two German cases.

The diesel engine has a displacement of 830 cc and combines with the electric for a maximum output of 68 hp and 103 lb-ft of The XL1 can go up to 31 miles on battery power before switching to hybrid

It’s not quick, taking 12.7 seconds to get to 60 mph, but it only 8.3 hp to cruise at that less than half of the most efficient VWs of today. requires planning and patience, and the top is limited to 99 mph, because if you drive any faster than this really isn’t the car for

Steering is unassisted and feels as as a go-kart’s. The same day that I the XL1 I was out testing the 2014 Infiniti which features the first system ever fitted to a car, and the difference was dramatic.

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Despite the narrow track, roll is minimal, and the XL1 can handle an or roundabout just fine. The is better than you’d from a skateboard, but given the low clearance, you’re better off “Road Work Ahead” as “Detour” signs.

But where the XL1 comes up short is in the noise You can carry on a conversation with on the street through the slim without even opening the hand-cranked toll-booth slots within them; road is amplified for maximum effect, every bump worthy of a editing Oscar; and when the engine located inches your head kicks in, it like a diesel engine inches behind your

All of this is the price of progress, I But, unfortunately, so is the XL1’s $145,000.

Since VW plans to only 250 of them next that might be cheap to what it must cost to such a high-tech, low-volume To be fair, it’s technically at a more palatable sounding euros, because it won’t be in the United States.

So the XL1 is less of a car, more of a proof of that VW is graciously letting a few help fund. Think of it as a Kickstarter for the teardrop-shaped, ultra car of the future we’ve been for almost as long as for one that

Oh, but there’s one of those on the way,

VW is in the process of building an XL1 that its hybrid powertrain for the 193 hp 1.2-liter from a Ducati 1199 superbike, simply because it owns Ducati and it can.

I hope they don’t down the volume on that

Volkswagen XL1 Electric Cars
Volkswagen XL1 Electric Cars
Volkswagen XL1 Electric Cars
Volkswagen XL1 Electric Cars
Volkswagen XL1 Electric Cars
Volkswagen XL1 Electric Cars
Volkswagen XL1 Electric Cars

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