Ten Things We Learned This Week
The world's fastest pit stop, and Maria Sharapova versus Porsche Macan: the weirdest stories from a week in cars
Posted: 22 Nov 2013
3. The hybrid VW Up will go from John O’Groats to Rome on a tank of fuel
VW’s diesel-electric ‘Twin-Up’ returns an official 258mpg. It has a 33-litre fuel tank. Which means, if Top Gear’s Top Gear Maths is correct, it should go 1873 miles between refuels. Which is enough to get you from John O’Groats to Rome, with enough left in the tank to find a parking space.
In the real world you will struggle to achieve 1873 miles per tank, for two reasons. One, official consumption figures are always wildly over-optimistic, particularly when it comes to hybids. Two, and more pressingly, the Twin-Up is only a concept. But it’ll be real. Soon. Been nice knowing you, Shell, BP, Esso…