Volkswagen XL1

Volkswagen XL1

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Volkswagen ’s dream of developing a 235-mpg car (1 liter per 100 kilometers) has finally been realized, as the new XL1 will be making its world debut at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show. To make things even better, the first details have been released today. Volkswagen describes it as "a spectacular appearance – a car of the future, built for today."

On the exterior, the model remains pretty much identical to the concept unveiled at the 2011 Qatar Motor Show, including those cool gullwing doors. Still, the car is a little bit better than VW hoped, because its fuel consumption goes down to an impressive 0.9 liters per 100 kilometers, or 261 U.S. mpg.

The model will be unveiled next month at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and the first production batch will consist of just 50 units, with any other unit being developed on demand.

Updated 6/27/2014: Volkswagen has announced that the XL1 is ready for launch, and the first car was delivered to a German buyer in May 2014. It is also now available in the UK at £98,515 ($167,736 as of 6/27/2014) on the road.

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Volkswagen XL1

During a recent during a lecture at the University of Vienna, Volkswagen Chairman Ferdinand Piech revealed the first details on very cool Ducati-powered XL1 sports car . The new model will be called XL Sport, and it looks a lot more aggressive than a base XL1 .

The new XL Sport will drop the usual hybrid powertrain found in the XL1 and will adopt a 1.2-liter, V-twin engine from the Ducati 1199 Panigale . This new engine will deliver a total output of 190 horsepower — a considerable increase over the 85 horsepower delivered by the stock XL1.

Along with a more powerful engine, the XL Sport will be distinguished by a more aggressive exterior look. It will get a huge front lip spoiler, a ventilated hood, extended fenders, motorsport-inspired graphics and a sportier set of wheels.

Up to this point, we have no idea if the XL Sport will make it to production or not, but it sounds like an intriguing concept regardless.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Volkswagen XL1.

*Image Note: The above image is of a base XL1, not the XL Sport

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Volkswagen XL1

A 235 mpg car, like the Volkswagen XL1 , could be a dream car on the current market, but the problem is that the XL1 is too expensive and limited to just 50 units, with none of these units arriving in the U.S.

The good news is that the XL1 could get a sportier, XR1 variant that could also arrive here in The States. The future XR1 would be built on the same structure as the XL1, but it would offer performance figures to rival the Porsche 911 for half the money.

If produced, the XR1 will use lots of carbon fiber to keep the weight down and will be offered with a powertrain that will deliver 70 mpg. Rumors suggest that the XR1 could get a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-banger and a turbo- or supercharged three-cylinder engine. No matter what engine is used, the XR1 will most likely use a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, will be about 230 pounds lighter than the XL1 and will offer a more conventional look.

First details suggest that the XR1 will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in about 4.5 seconds and will hit a top speed of about 190 mph.

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Volkswagen XL1

Last time we caught the upcoming 235 mpgVolkswagen XL1 was back in August. Now our spy photographers have caught the production version of Volkswagen XL1

The production-version XL1 will combine two engines: a small two-cylinder Turbo Diesel Injection (TDI) engine delivering a total of 30 horsepower and a 30-horsepower electric motor. Both engines will send the power to the rear wheels via a seven-speed DSG transmission.

The XL1 will be offered with gullwing doors and an interior that looks pretty similar to the one revealed in the concept version. It will also borrow from its concept cousin the very narrow rear track and the wheels sitting far inside the body. The wheels will be covered by full wheel covers to help the aerodynamics.

The new Volkswagen XL1 is expected to be unveiled at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show and will hit the market later this year.

When Volkswagen unveiled the 1-Liter concept in 2002 and then the L1 in 2009, everyone believed that getting a car that actually consumed only one liter per 100 kilometers (62 miles) was nearly impossible, but now the company has just gotten one step closer to that far-fetched reality with the release of the XL1 Concept. Set to debut at the 2011 Qatar Motor Show, this concept will allow for the impossible to become possible.

Compared to the 1-Liter concept (L1), the new XL1 features an even more impressive design, plus it’s a plug-in hybrid that combines a 48 HP two cylinder TDI engine with a 27 HP E-motor, a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (DSG), and a lithium-ion battery. The concept can drive 35 kilometers in pure electric mode and delivers a fuel economy of 0.9 liter/100 kilometers.

There’s talk about a production version being released sometime in 2013.

UPDATE 01/28/2011: Automobilewoche is reporting that Volkswagen will indeed be producing the XL1 Concept in a limited run of 100 vehicles. Sounds like a pretty tame number considering all of the work involved in getting a vehicle to get only one liter per 100 kilometers (62 miles), but that’s the word. The car is reported to get sent to Germany first with the US and China getting some units at a later date.

Hit the jump to read more about the Volkswagen XL1 Concept.

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