Volkswagen is set to produce its most aerodynamic production car ever— the XL1, which will be the most fuel-efficient production car in the world.
What’s most compelling about the car is the design itself—something that will turn, and tilt heads, when it appears on the street.
The car, to make the most of aerodynamics and enhance fuel economy, is extremely low to the ground and is incredibly short. The XL1 is 3,888 mm long, 1,665 mm wide and just 1,153 mm tall. By usual automotive standards these are extreme dimensions. For comparison: a Polo has a similar length (3,970 mm) and width (1,682 mm) but is significantly taller (1,462 mm). Even a purebred sports car like today's Porsche Boxster is 129 mm taller (1,282 mm). So, the XL1 will make a spectacular appearance.
The plug-in hybrid, two-seater can cover a distance of up to 50 km in all-electric mode and therefore with zero local emissions. The car can cruise on the road at a constant speed of 100 km/h using just 6.2 kW / 8.4 PS. In all-electric mode, the XL1 requires less than 0.1 kWh to cover a driving distance of over one kilometer.
Volkswagen is redefining what is technically feasible in car-making– a car of the future, built for today.
Source and Press Release at Autoblog