Volkswagen L1 – world’s most fuel-efficient car?

Volkswagen L1 – world’s most fuel-efficient car?

VW L1 fq

Volkswagen is claiming that its new 1-litre concept vehicle, the L1, is the most fuel-efficient automobile in the world. The recently unveiled concept car is set to make it’s debut at the Frankfurt show.

The L1 features a carbon fibre/plastic body and weighs just 380 kilograms. It’s powered by a 0.8-litre TDI engine developing 20 kW at 4,000 rpm in Eco mode and 29 kW at 4,000 rpm in sport mode. The maximum torque is 100 Nm. The powertrain of the Volkswagen L1 also features an electric motor developing 10 kW. Power is transferred through VW’s 7-speed DSG (Direct Shift Gearbox).

The L1 has two driving modes — eco and sport — and, of course, features Auto Start-Stop. So what’s the bottom line? Driving in eco mode the L1 can achieve an amazing 1.38l/100km fuel economy. However, with this kind of economy don’t expect blistering performance. The top speed of the Volkswagen L1 is 160 km/h and the car will accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in a frustrating 14.3 seconds.

Some serious design effort has been put into the L1’s aerodynamics resulting in Cd 0.195. VW is calling the L1 “revolutionary yet close to production readiness” and is talking about 2013 as a possible production date.

VW L1 fq

Volkswagen is claiming that its new 1-litre concept vehicle, the L1, is the most fuel-efficient automobile in the world. The recently unveiled concept car is set to make it’s debut at the Frankfurt show.

The L1 features a carbon fibre/plastic body and weighs just 380 kilograms. It’s powered by a 0.8-litre TDI engine developing 20 kW at 4,000 rpm in Eco mode and 29 kW at 4,000 rpm in sport mode. The maximum torque is 100 Nm. The powertrain of the Volkswagen L1 also features an electric motor developing 10 kW. Power is transferred through VW’s 7-speed DSG (Direct Shift Gearbox).

The L1 has two driving modes — eco and sport — and, of course, features Auto Start-Stop. So what’s the bottom line? Driving in eco mode the L1 can achieve an amazing 1.38l/100km fuel economy. However, with this kind of economy don’t expect blistering performance. The top speed of the Volkswagen L1 is 160 km/h and the car will accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in a frustrating 14.3 seconds.

Some serious design effort has been put into the L1’s aerodynamics resulting in Cd 0.195. VW is calling the L1 “revolutionary yet close to production readiness” and is talking about 2013 as a possible production date.

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