When Volkswagen decided to show off the latest version of its ambitious one-litre car at the Qatar Motor Show, many wondered if such a vehicle could be put into production. Those questions have now been answered with confirmation that the concept named Formula XL1 will be produced on a very small scale.
Apparently Volkswagen is ready to back itself with a small run of just 100 XL1s to be built as regular production vehicles. This means they will be offered for public sale. Details are scarce for the moment and there’s no word yet on what powertrain will move the production models. The concept features a two-cylinder TDI engine, electric motor, lithium-ion battery pack and a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. With that amount of tech on board the XL1 can achieve an amazing 0.9L/100 km fuel economy.
The German domestic market will apparently be allocated the first examples with sales expected in the United States and China as well.
The news of XL1 production has come as a surprise to many in the industry as it’s not going to be cheap to put the economy machine through the safety and emissions tests to make it street legal. Some critics still doubt it will happen knowing that these vanity projects will be the first to get chopped if car sales and the global economy turns sour for Volkswagen in the near future.