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Volkswagen has introduced a serial two-door XL1
Volkswagen has introduced a serial two-door XL1

Germans call XL1 the most economical and the most streamlined serial car in the world. Average fuel consumption is equal to 0.9 l/100 km and air resistance coefficient is 0.189. The \"Drop\" has come a long way from the concept to the test pre-production samples. Now the company has announced the upcoming launch of small-scale (and mostly manual) production of XL1 at a plant in Osnabrück. Volkswagen calls this model the car of the future, built for the present. 

Hybrid powertrain consists of two-cylinder turbo diesel 0.8 TDI (35 kW, 48 HP, 120 N • m, emission standard - Euro-6), an electric motor (20 kW, 27 hp and 140 N • m), a seven-gearbox DSG (rear-wheel drive) and lithium-ion batteries (capacity - 5.5 kW • h), which are charged from a motor-generator or from a household outlet. Cruising range on electric traction is 50 kilometers (the driver can switch to electric and mixed modes). However, with a connection to ICE the range of this small car grows at least in ten times. The volume of the tank is only 10 liters. 

Curb weight of the novelty is 795 kg. Such a weight became possible due to the monocoque body of polymers reinforced with carbon fiber (CFRP), and the widespread use of lightweight materials in the chassis. There are suspension components made of aluminum, stabilizer bars of carbon fiber disc brakes made of ceramics, magnesium wheels and a steering housing of plastic. Power unit is located between rear wheels.

Dynamic indices of the car are quite satisfactory for such a lean vehicle. The total output of two units reaches 51 kW and 140 N • m (due to peculiarities of hybrids indicators of two motors can not be put together). This is enough to accelerate from zero to one hundred kilometers in 12.7 seconds. Top speed of Volkswagen XL1 is electronically limited at 160 km / h.

In the body of the novelty we can find manageable shutters for the control of air supply to various units in order to ensure a balance between the necessary cooling and streamlining in any situation. 

The equipment of the car includes ABS and Electronic Stability Control. 

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