Audi Planning Affordable 282 MPG “1.0-litre Car”

It is hard to believe that automakers once obsessed with gas-guzzling monster SUVs are now making incredible strides towards previously unthinkable fuel efficiency. An Audi executive revealed that the German automaker is working on a project known as the “1.0-litre car” that will seat four people and deliver up to 282 mpg.

In an interview with AutoCar, Wolfgang Durheimer revealed that Audi was working on an ultra-efficient car, based on the A1 platform, that would deliver outstanding fuel efficiency. The “1.0-litre car” will be both affordable and practical, using some kind of hybrid system most likely in conjunction with a small diesel engine.

While Durheimer didn’t go into any details, he did say that it won’t use parent company Volkswagen’s two-cylinder diesel that will debut in the 313 mpg XL1 two-seater. I expect we’ll see some sort of plug-in hybrid with a small diesel engine, and Durheimer goes on to add that it will have all the creature comforts you expect from an Audi…though the interior and suspension may be a bit radical in order to shed weight.

If you’ll recall, Durheimer is the same fellow who revealed that Audi was hoping to bring a diesel-hybrid supercar based on their Le Mans-winning design to market in the next few years. For my money, I’d like to see a production version of the Audi Crosslane Coupe Concept. I won’t hold my breath, but it looks like Audi will have some very interesting green cars hitting dealerships in the near future.

Source: AutoCar


Christopher DeMorro

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.