Volkswagen XL1 Shows New York City What a 261-MPG Car Can Do

The world's most fuel-efficient production car is making its way across the United States. Though Colorado Springs, CO isn't a pit stop, we were able to get a good look at the new Volkswagen as it landed in the Big Apple.

The Volkswagen XL1 sports a space-age style, as if the getaway car from the latest sci-fi blockbuster. Its look is appropriate, as the TDI Clean Diesel plug-in hybrid represents what is to come from the brand and to dealerships, including Bob Penkhus Automotive.

Though that car isn't publicly available just yet, drivers will have a hard time believing it exists at all. The VW achieves a European combined fuel consumption rating of 261 miles per gallon, with CO2 emissions of 21 g/km. The word "impressive" would be an understatement.

How is the XL1 able to attain such remarkable figures?

To put it simply, it's a Volkswagen. To be a bit more technical, the two-seater is fitted with diesel-electric plug-in hybrid powertrain, including a 48-horsepower two-cylinder turbocharged and direct-injection TDI Clean Diesel engine with a 27-horsepower electric motor, as well as a 5.5 kWh lithium-ion battery.

Paired with the XL1's lightweight carbonfiber structure (1753 pounds to be exact) and unrivaled aerodynamics, it's all smooth sailing for the VW. It can maintain 62 miles per hour, all while churning out just 8.3 horsepower.

But don't confuse green with lackluster performance. The Volkswagen XL1 can hit a top speed of 99 miles per hour and zoom from standstill to 62 miles per hour in 12.7 seconds.

Volkswagen has yet to confirm if or when the XL1 will make its way to stateside dealers, but you'll be the first to know if you're subscribed to our blog!

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