At the Qatar Motor Show, Volkswagen has revealed its all-new Volkswagen XL1 Super Efficient Vehicle, a unique concept ride which utilizes innovative construction techniques, high-end hybrid drivetrain and future-like packing. Returning figures of 313 mpg on combined cycle while emitting only 24 g/km of CO2, the new XL1 study vehicle draws its energy by a small 800 cc, two-cylinder common rail TDI plant with 48 horsepower and an electric motor with 27 horsepower, resulting in a total output of 75 horsepower, more than enough for its staggering low kerb weight of 795 kg. Mated to the electric motor, the XL1's TDI power unit is further linked to a seven-speed DSG gearbox with an automatic clutch mounted between each unit.

Thanks to its smart, eco-friendly drivetrain, the Volkswagen XL1 Super Efficient Vehicle is capable of sprinting from zero to 62 mph in 11.9 seconds flat on its way to a top speed of 99 mph, electronically limited.

The project ride's body is styled remarkably yet functional, boasting a pair of elegant scissor doors for easy access and a drag coefficient of 0.186.

Its exceptional weight is possible thanks to VW's newly developed system for manufacturing Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer (CFRP), called Resin Transfer Moulding (RTM) process. Moreover, magnesium rims, ceramics brake discs and aluminium dampers, steering system and brake calipers finish the concept's state-of-the-art light construction.

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