313 MPG Volkswagen XL1 Tours LondonFriday, July 12, 2013 8:53 by Arman Barari
On its way to the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the amazing Volkswagen XL1 took a detour to visit the beautiful capital city of London in a lovely British summer day. The car will also be part of the Coronation Festival and will be showcased at the Buckingham Palace.
It is still hard to believe that the XL1 is a production car. The weird-looking two-seater is the world’s most fuel efficient production model with a mind-blowing record of 313 mpg while emitting just 21 g/km of carbon dioxide.
That amazing record is partly due to the super aerodynamic and lightweight body, made largely of carbon-fibre reinforced polymer, and partly due to an innovative hybrid drivetrain, consisting of a two-cylinder 800 cc diesel engine and an electric motor. The teardrop-shaped car is only 1,282 mm high and even has a 120 liter boot.
The XL1 will be handmade at Volkswagen’s Osnabrück factory in Germany. An initial production run of 250 XL1 vehicles will be made. Pricing and sales channels are yet to be confirmed.