And you could be the next owner of this rare car.
Did you know that Volkswagen built a supercar back in 2014? No, we aren't talking about the Bugatti Veyron, we mean a VW-badged, lightweight supercar with crazy doors. It was called the XL1 and it was designed to be the most fuel-efficient production car in the word.
The car wasn't cheap, but it could achieve an average of 261 miles per gallon. Volkswagen only produced 250 examples of the XL1, just 30 of which made it to the UK. Now, one of these examples is up for auction at a rather reasonable price.
The car in question is a left-hand-drive 2015 XL1 model, which is currently listed by Silverstone Auctions in the UK. In the UK, the car originally cost the equivalent of around $170,000 and is now expected to go for between $120,000 and $150,000. Considering how rare the car is, this is actually a pretty fair price.
This two-seater weighs less than 2,000 pounds thanks to lightweight materials and is powered by a plug-in hybrid drivetrain mated to an 800 cc two-cylinder diesel engine producing a total of 78 horsepower. The engine itself produces just 48 hp while the electric motor contributes 27 hp. VW claims a 0-60 time of 12.7 seconds and a top speed of 100 mph. The XL1 can also be driven on electric power alone for up to 31 miles.
With such low power and curb weight, the XL1 only needs 8 hp to achieve a steady 62 mph and 313 mpg. To keep weight down, the body is made from carbon fiber, the wheels from magnesium, the suspension from aluminum, and the brakes out of carbon ceramic. Couple that with a low drag coefficient of just 0.189, and the XL1 is one of the most efficient cars on the planet. It may not be fast but we'd love to drive around in this rare treasure. With just 79 delivery miles on the odometer, this XL1 is bound to become a future collectible.