Volkswagen XL1 is World’s Most Fuel Efficient Car at 261-MPG


Looking like nothing else currently in production, Volkswagen has today revealed what will easily be the most bizarre model to hit the road. It will also be the most fuel efficient, with a claimed 261 mpg rating!

The third stage in VW’s goal of building a 1-liter car, the XL1 (as its known) is the fruition of a plan to design a production car for everyday use that can travel 100 km on just 1 liter of fuel. With the two-seater XL1, Volkswagen says, “this vision has become reality.”

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Set to make its world premiere at the Geneva Motor Show next month, the XL1 is powered by a 47 hp two-cylinder turbo diesel-engine mated to a 27 hp (20 kW) electric motor and a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The unique powertrain enables the car to travel up to 50 km (31 miles) on pure electric power, with acceleration to 62 mph rated at 12.7 seconds.

Weighing just 1,753 lbs, the unique vehicle offers space for a driver and passenger who sit slightly offset, similar to a conventional vehicle. Both driver and passenger will, however, sit tremendously low to the ground with the car’s roof just 45 inches off the ground.

Volkswagen will debut the XL1 at the Geneva Motor Show on March 5th, along side the new Golf GTD.