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Volkswagen XL1 To Cost 110,000 Euros in Germany

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On: Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 1:18PM | By: Chris Weiss


Volkswagen XL1 To Cost 110,000 Euros in Germany

The Volkswagen XL1 is the first in a new breed of supercars, a breed designed not for exotic looks, fast speeds and world records, but for driving clean and cutting your carbon footprint. Volkswagen stripped the cap off its R&D budget and threw money at designing a so-called one-liter car, reaching new heights in efficiency and design.

But such a supercar presents a dilemma: While it's easy enough to recoup supercar-level R&D investments by selling super-fast, exotic cars to multimillionaires, it might be less easy to recoup costs on a car that's cutting-edge technology is invested in low weight and light emissions. VW is going to try, however, announcing a six-figure price tag in its home market. 

According to media reports, Volkswagen announced an €110,000 price tag for the German-market XL1 last week. The car will not be sold in the United States, but, just for reference, that translates to roughly $150,000 under current exchange rates. Volkswagen has yet to announce pricing for other European markets.

That's an ultra-premium price compared to other two-seat green cars, a price that reflects the investment and technology that went into its design, along with the fact that VW will build only 200 left-hand-drive examples.

At least buyers won't have to buy gas too often. The XL1's tech-stuffed build provides the driver with an extreme fuel economy of 0.9 liters/100 km (261 mpg US). It uses a plug-in powertrain combining two tiny motors: a 47-hp two-cylinder TDI and a 27-hp electric motor powered by a 5 kWh battery pack. In the average car, you'd probably never even make it to 62 mph with that timid powertrain, but in a 1,750-lb, ultralight bullet, you'll reach it in a slow-but-steady 12.7 seconds. It's able to reach a top speed of 99 mph.

If we're to believe the rumor mill, Volkswagen is already thinking of an XL1 successor—a performance-focused but still environmental sports car that would purportedly sell for a third of that price. We can't imagine the company will be satisfied with selling 200 110K-euro models, so we assume that the technology will be applied elsewhere, and what better elsewhere than a $50K sports car that can outperform a Porsche 911 while returning 70 miles for every gallon?




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