Just over one year ago, we heard reports suggesting that Volkswagen would actually be building a production version of its Formula XL1 concept for limited consumption. And while the skeptics among us were quick to dismiss these reports with a resounding "yeah, right," this latest set of spy shots show that Volkswagen is indeed making progress on an honest-to-goodness road-going model of its 1.0-liter fuel economy warrior.

It's still unclear exactly what will power the production XL1, though the concept car featured a two-cylinder TDI diesel paired with an electric motor, lithium-ion battery pack and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. All in, this is said to be good for an astonishing 235 miles per gallon. It might look big and sleek, but the XL1 is about as long and wide as a Volkswagen Polo. It should be ultra-light, too – the concept version tipped the scales at just 1,753 pounds.

The XL1 might look sleek and sporty, but performance will be anything but. The latest report from our spy shooter's sources state that the production car will be limited to a stop speed of about 75 miles per hour, and that it'll take 32(!) seconds to shoot from a standstill to 50 mph, even though earlier reports have suggested a 0-62 time of as little as 11.9 seconds.

We'll keep our eyes peeled for future XL1 prototypes as development continues, but for now, scroll through our attached high-res image gallery to see the space-age VW for yourself.


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      waetherman
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cool looking car, but 32 seconds to 50mph? That's not just slow, that's dangerously slow.
        jayss2k07
        • 2 Years Ago
        @waetherman
        You've got a good point. It is slow, but if the car is produced there's a good chance that it will be sold as a city car. Having spent a week in Rome a few years ago, it's doubtful that a car like this needs to accelerate to 50 miles per hour in many European cities. I don't think that VW would bring this car to the U.S. in the foreseeable future. So accelerating on ramps to highway speeds isn't a design parameter for the car.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @jayss2k07
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        Elmo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @waetherman
        I don't think this is meant to be a sports car despite its shape.
          illegalmachine2
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          He's not saying it's not "sports car" fast. He's saying that merging onto a freeway (60-65 mph) with a 32 second 0-50 is absolutely dangerous. Which it is.
          SatinSheetMetal
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          It's also not meant to outrun a bicycle apparently. Gets worse gas mileage to boot.
          Muttons
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          Sports car performance isn't what he's getting at. How the HELL are you going to merge onto a freeway when it takes you 32 SECONDS just to get to 50??? People entering the freeway going 40 miles an hour are going to cause accidents, PERIOD.
      Lachmund
      • 2 Years Ago
      i call the 30 seconds bullshit. otherwise i'm pretty curious
      ammca66564
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks very much like a junior Audi R8.
      mikelee
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'll bet VW will improve on that 0-50mph time (so that the car won't be a hazzard on the road), but the MPG is incredibly attractive . . . especially as gas prices soar towards $5/gallon. I love huge over-powered V8 cars, but this vehicle is one I'd love to own(!)
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        sparrk
        • 2 Years Ago
        the true purpose of the car is showing they can actually do it. Every new technology is expensive, this is just a step further for mass production of an economically viable product.
      miketim1
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cars JUST became really cool again !
      Vimicus
      • 2 Years Ago
      VW is doing some awesome stuff. Great to hear the XL1 is getting more R&D put into it. They should do reconsider the bluesport, however! Maybe a 4-seat bluesport!
      H.E. Pennypacker
      • 2 Years Ago
      awesome design. super futuristic. but cover the rear wheels.
      David Donovan
      • 2 Years Ago
      It looks like an Audi R8 and the Dodge Turbo interceptor had a baby
      Tom
      • 2 Years Ago
      Since about a dozen people have called out the shoddy reporting on the 0-50 time, I wonder how long AB will take to correct it. I'd also like to know what "latest reports" were stating that information, since obviously the information was stale. I doubt more than one source made the same error (though more than one publication might have negligently restated it, as here).
      ammca66564
      • 2 Years Ago
      Here's my question: why is the cabin so narrow? It's a narrow little car with sharply sloped sides, and a big shoulder at doorsill level. Seems to me a workable car would need a full width cabin. Unless it's a one seater, which I don't believe it is.
        Vimicus
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ammca66564
        I believe it is a 2-seater front to back, like a fighter plane cockpit.
      RWD
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks awesome, here's hoping for an R version w/ awd and (if it fits) the euro GTD engine! Of course... that would completely destroy the whole point of the car... But a good looking sleek coupe at 1,753 lbs, it's just screaming for a performance version!
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