Featured car - First Drive: the Volkswagen XL1
"It's agile and doesn't roll, and there's no power steering so you have a terrific feel of the road.."First Drive: the Volkswagen XL1
This is Volkswagen's moon-shot car. We've just spent the day poring over it and come back amazed. Welcome to the madly boffiny XL1...
Wondering what the future of motoring looks like? Just take a gander at the 313mpg VW XL1
Can Wolfsburg be serious? Listen to chairman Martin Winterkorn, and you can take it to the bank. "To meet the EU targets of limiting global warming to just 2°C by 2050," he says, "then the average fuel consumption of the world's car fleet will need to be about 313mpg by then." Er, I hate to tell you this, but VW's XL1 launched at the inaugural Qatar motor show in Doha at the end of January, might just be the supercar your children's children lust after.
So will you want one? We snatched a drive around the emirate's capital, where a consequence of the highest GDP in the world means these are the most exclusive traffic jams outside of Monaco on race week.
It may look like a retro amalgam of Buckminster Fuller’s 1933 Dymaxion car and the 1937 Audi Streamliner, but it’s capable of 313mpg and VW is deadly serious about its latest super economy car, to the extent that it’s going to build it for sale in two years’ time.
Words: Andrew English
Photos: Ingo Barenschee
This feature was originally published in the March issue of Top Gear magazine