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We've gone over the limit: the Volkswagen XL1 does 100 km per liter, discover the most economical car in the world

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We've gone over the limit: the Volkswagen XL1 does 100 km per liter, discover the most economical car in the world
Volkswagen XL1 Photo: Disclosure/Automobile Classics

The Volkswagen XL1, known as the most economical car in the world, surprises by covering up to 111 km with just one liter of fuel. Revealed to the public in 2013 at the Geneva Motor Show, this revolutionary vehicle stands out for its energy efficiency and innovative design.

Ferdinand Piëch, grandson of Ferdinand Porsche and president of the Volkswagen Group from 1993 to 2002, drove the creation of extraordinary vehicles, such as the Bugatti Veyron. Within this era of innovation, the Volkswagen XL1 project was born, the challenge of producing a car capable of reaching 100 kilometers per liter, the most economical car in the world.

A idea came to fruition with the launch of the XL1 in 2013, after evolutions since its first prototype in 2002. It can travel from São Paulo to Santos with just ONE LITER of fuel. Have you ever imagined how successful it would be?

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Volkswagen XL1 engine, the most economical car in the world

The Volkswagen XL1's engine is a hybrid powertrain that redefines the concept of energy efficiency. Its main engine is a small but efficient two-cylinder diesel, measuring just 0.8 liters, which develops 47 horsepower. This engine is complemented by a 27 horsepower electric motor, which brings the combined power to 68 horsepower.

The magic of the XL1 is not in the power, but in its exceptional torque of 14,3 kgf.m, which, together with the low weight and aerodynamic design, allows for extraordinarily low fuel consumption. The electric motor, in addition to providing additional power, contributes to efficiency by allowing the car to operate in all-electric mode on short journeys, further reducing fuel consumption and emissions.

And the consumption that draws attention?

The Volkswagen XL1 stands out on the global automotive scene mainly for its unrivaled fuel consumption, setting a new standard for efficiency. With a claimed consumption of 111 km/l in ideal conditions, the XL1 challenges conventional notions of fuel economy. In practice, the vehicle has demonstrated the ability to travel around 50 km/l using only the diesel engine, and when operated in combined electric and diesel engine conditions, average consumption can reach approximately 75 km/l.

The XL1 uses a hybrid system that combines a two-cylinder diesel engine with an electric motor, providing highly efficient operation in both urban and highway environments. This efficiency is achieved through the use of advanced technologies and an integrated design and engineering approach. The car was designed to maximize fuel economy while minimizing air resistance and vehicle weight.

In addition to diesel, the XL1 benefits from its electric capacity, which allows it to drive up to 50 km without consuming any fossil fuel, contributing significantly to overall fuel economy and reducing polluting gas emissions. The small capacity of the fuel tank, of just 10 liters, is enough to offer an impressive range, thanks to its remarkable energy efficiency.

Design also helps

Volkswagen achieved maximum efficiency in the XL1 through meticulous aerodynamic design, lightweight materials such as carbon fiber and magnesium, and a seven-speed automated DSG transmission. Weighing just 795 kg, the car has cameras instead of traditional rear-view mirrors, omitted rear glass and covered rear wheels, optimizing aerodynamics.

On the used market, the XL1 became a collector's item, coveted for its rarity and historical significance as the most economical car in the world. Even today, the Volkswagen XL1 maintains its title, symbolizing a milestone in the search for sustainable solutions in the automotive sector.

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Vitor Martinez Alonso
Vitor Martinez Alonso
April 3, 2024 17:14 PM


Carlos Alberto
Carlos Alberto
April 5, 2024 07:16 PM

April is the month of lies

April 5, 2024 13:09 PM

Technology to reduce consumption is not something new. What does not allow the launch of such efficient vehicles is the lobby of oil producers.

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