100km on 1 litre of petrol? Yes, that’s what the VW 1L will do!
Relentlessly rising fuel prices may give rise to a different kind of supercar – one whose performance is measured in km/l rather than bhp and km/h. Yes, right now, it’s cool to be green. Inexpensive and fuel efficient are the new-age supercar buzzwords, and Volkswagen is right there with its 1L, a car that will do 100km on one litre of petrol!
While it was first revealed as a prototype back in 2002, it’s only now that VW seem to have gotten serious about their mileage supercar – the company is now saying the 1L will actually hit the market by 2010. A lightweight (290kg) car that can carry two people, the 1L can travel about 650km on one tank of fuel and is capable of hitting a top speed of 120km/h.
The VW 1L is powered by a single-cylinder, 300cc diesel engine, mated to an automatic six-speed gearbox. The power output is only 8.5bhp at 4,000rpm which is about the same as a 100cc scooter, but then this car is meant for those who’ll go all out towards sacrificing performance for better fuel efficiency.
With another two seats, and perhaps a 600cc diesel engine, the 1L could even form the basis for a low-cost, fuel-efficient car for emerging markets. By 2012, maybe Volkswagen can engineer a 2L for India, to rival the Tata Nano?