Friday, December 13, 2013

Volkswagen 261-MPG XL1 plug-in hybrid onNew York [VIDEO]

Looking fit for a sci-fi movie, the two-seater XL1 debuted as a concept car at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show
The Volkswagen XL1 drove through Times Square
That’s what German auto giant Volkswagen AG says its XL1 plug-in hybrid can do.. Still, the XL1 appears to work a sort of magic with fuel.
BBC’s TopGear magazine has awarded its “Innovation of the Year” to the Volkswagen XL1.
Commenting on the award, BBC TopGear magazine said that the XL1 is “a demonstration of boundaries successfully pushed and expanded. You can’t unlearn this kind of progress.”
Get ready, folks! Volkswagen has got a mid-engine, 2 passenger, 2 door coupe, that weighs a mere 1,750 pounds in the stables. It’s the Volkswagen XL1. Power from it’s turbodiesel engine gets to the rear wheels via a 7-speed DSG transmission and it looks sexy as hell.
Top speed is 100 mph, but with a 0-60 time of 12.5 seconds, it would presumably take you a while to get there.
The XL1 can run on battery power alone for up to 31 miles and has a two-cylinder turbo-diesel engine that puts out 48 horsepower and has a displacement of 830 cubic centimeters – about the size of a medium-size motorcycle engine. The car weighs 1,753 pounds and has a drag coefficient of 0.19, which Volkswagen said is the lowest of any production car. Thanks in part to its slick shape, it can cruise at 62 mph using 8.3 horsepower, the company said.