The Volkswagen XL1 Might Just Save The World

From the makers of the Bugatti Veyron comes a car that might just save the world

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A £50k VW without electric windows or wing mirrors and with only two seats might seem a bit of a rip-off, but the XL1 isn’t just another motor.

It’s a carbon fibre, eco-inspired aerodynamic masterpiece that could turn out to be one of the most important cars to launch this decade, let alone this year.

Brought to you by the folks behind the 253mph Bugatti Veyron, the target of the XL1 isn’t a top speed, it’s fuel efficiency: it offers 313mpg and can run for 31 miles on electricity alone. 

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The 100mph spaceship-like hybrid also boasts a high-tech, low-weight carbon-fibre chassis, rear-view cameras for wing mirrors and a boot that will still swallow 120 litres of weekend bag.

All its technologies will shape the next generation of everyday VWs, but unlike a concept car, you can buy the XL1 — in a limited edition of 250. The force is with VW. 

Photos by: Peter Guenzel
 

The Specs
ENGINE: 800cc TDI hybrid
Power: 75hp
Top speed: 100mph
Economy: 313mpg
CO2 emissions: 21g/km
Price: £50,000 (est)
On sale: Now

Aero-Tastic
The XL1’s fantastic swoopy body has the best aerodynamic performance of any car you can buy today at 0.189 Cd. The next best model is the Mercedes CLA at 0.23Cd 

Goodbye Wing Mirrors
The XL1 is the world’s first production car to come equipped with door-mounted cameras in place of rearview mirrors
 
 
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