Volkswagen XL1 Arrives In Britain

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Volkswagen XL1 Arrives In Britain

None More Green, But At What Cost?

The Volkswagen XL1 has turned heads quite a few times already this year. In July, it appeared in Britain for the very first time, gliding through the streets of London before making its official debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Then earlier this month, it made an appearance at the 23rd Annual Environmental Journalists Conference in Chattanooga, US, where it demonstrated just how exactly the future of motoring might look and sound.

Now the production version Volkswagen XL1 is finally on sale in Britain. You could, in theory, be driving one by the end of the week.

In theory . In practice, it s likely that you ll never get behind the wheel of a Volkswagen XL1, which suggests that this car was only ever intended to be a showcase of potential.

Volkswagen XL1 – An Impossible Ride

Future copies of the Oxford English Dictionary will likely have a picture of the Volkswagen XL1 underneath the entry for “limited edition”. Of the 250 set for production, only 30 models will be made available to British motorists, and this is very unlikely to change.

On top of that, the price tag stands at £90,000. Given that one of the main draws of green motoring is that, in the long run, it s considerably cheaper than conventional driving, it s hard to argue that the Volkswagen XL1 constitutes a cost-effective choice.

And yet, the high price tag and the sheer exclusivity might attract the sort of buyer looking to make a statement with their choice of wheels. And certainly, that this sort of elite motorist might choose an ultra-green car in favour of the usual fuel-hungry sports car might do a lot to raise the profile and cool credibility of green motoring. Should, for example, a footballer buy a Volkswagen XL1, we ll be looking at a landmark in the public acceptance of eco cars.

Another happy side effect of the limited availability of the Volkswagen XL1 is that the car will never be branded a failure. With so few models available to buy, and with such a high asking price, it s obvious that Volkswagen don t expect to sell many models. And given that sales are often the sole indicator of a car s success, would-be detractors are robbed of ammunition from the outset.

So you might ask, if very few people will ever see the car (let alone drive it), just what is the point of the Volkswagen XL1? Well, here we have a beautiful looking car that, thanks to technology, is capable of achieving up to 300mpg, with CO2 emissions as low as 24g/km. In future years, such technology as appeared for the very first time in the Volkswagen XL1 will likely be commonplace.

What we have here, then, is nothing short of a glimpse into the future, a sneak preview of what we will ultimately take for granted.

How Did They Do It?

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The combined fuel-economy and CO2 emission figures of the Volkswagen XL1 are probably the most impressive ever seen. Of course, fully-electric vehicles offer zero emissions, but they cannot hope to match the range of the XL1, which can travel up to 100km on a single litre of fuel, whilst also being capable of 22 miles of purely electric driving.

The XL1 is unbelievably light. For the drivetrain, a VW 1.6 litre TDI turbo diesel engine has been chopped in half and coupled with a 14hp electric motor. This, combined with the carbon fibre construction, results in an overall weight of just 800kg.

On top of that, the car s design, whilst resembling the sleek vision of the future promised by particularly optimistic sci-fi artists, is actually the result of a ten year development dedicated to ensuring the very best in drag-reduction and aerodynamics.

A staggered seating system on the interior makes the narrower shape possible, resulting in a drag coefficient of just 0.186. On top of this, the wing-mirrors have been replaced with tiny cameras for optimum slipperiness.

All this, and much more, serves to explain just why the Volkswagen XL1 can manage that unbelievable 300mpg. As we speak, designers and engineers across the world might well be strip-mining the schematics in order to unlock the secrets of the Volkswagen XL1, ushering in, as they go, a new age of motoring in which supreme fuel-efficiency goes hand-in-hand with sublime design, luxurious comfort and irresistible desirability.

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