VW XL1: first drive
Wondering what the future of motoring looks like? Just take a gander at the 313mpg VW XL1
Posted: 08 Apr 2011
This is Dr Piëch's project. The head of VW's supervisory board commissioned it when he was chairman of the firm and in 2002, after he'd driven that original One Litre car from his office in Wolfsburg to the shareholder's meeting in Hamburg, I drove it. That 290kg car was a prototype; noisy, raw, capable of 300mpg and charming. The second gen of the idea appeared at the 2009 Frankfurt show and now, with its rough edges smoothed, this XL1 demonstrates just how far you can travel on a gallon while still having fun. I thought it was fantastic, and I reckon the rest of the world will too.