If you have never heard of the VW XL1, we wouldn’t begrudge you. It’s not exactly an iconic car and while it was built as a supercar, it’s not a supercar in the vein of a Ferrari or Lamborghini. Rather this supercar was made to be super-efficient and its technology and shape were made to meet that goal. The XL1 is a 2-seater and was able to drive 261 miles per gallon.
It achieved that impressive fuel economy with a 2-cylinder diesel engine that made 47hp combined with a 27hp electric motor. The battery for that motor was a 5.5-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion unit that gave the car an all-electric driving range of 31 miles.
VW built each of the XL1 vehicles by hand and used ceramic brakes and a carbon fiber body for weight reduction. Each car weighed in at 1,753kg. The teardrop shape of the car made it very slippery. The car certainly lacks supercar performance.
A run from naught to 62mph took 12.7-seconds. The XL1 was speed limited to 99.4 mph. There is at least one virtually new XL1 on a lot in England selling for $133,000. This car has only 10 miles on it.
The video shows the XL1 along with some real supercars and its style fits in decently. It looks like something that should be in a science fiction movie.