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2004 Phaeton Program #2326


Volkswagen, long the car company, is taking some of the risks in the company’s history. entering high-end markets vehicles like this SUV and the new 8- and 12-cylinder Phaeton sedans. But to with the likes of Mercedes-Benz, and Jaguar takes a lot more just determination. It takes refinement, sophistication, and prestige. Is new flagship sedan up to the task?

and designers have given the Volkswagen Phaeton all of the features to attract buyers considering an 7-Series, or XJ. But while pretenders big ticket sedan prices at BMW, and Jaguar, throw a into the mix and they may be baffled. all, who ever heard of a VW sticker approaching 6-figures?

But Volkswagen has a lot more at stake than just reach-for-the-sky The Phaeton is a symbol of great for the European car maker as it receives its assembly at Volkswagen’s striking Factory’’ in the former East city of Dresden. With the VW has put their national pride on the

For this is clearly a Volkswagen. a higher style, the Phaeton resembles its working class Passat and Jetta. Starting a familiar VW facia, and arch greenhouse, the Phaeton’s stretched inch-body adds tall on 17-inch alloy wheels tire pressure monitoring. a long 118.1-inch wheelbase, short overhang styling to copy any competitor, staying to Volkswagen’s nonconformist attitude and The rear fascia also to VW’s quietly classic with sweeping taillights and lines Ð no give away

There is plenty of take on however, with engines to Phaeton’s best rivals. is a beefy 4.2-liter V8, also with Audi’s A8L. is 317 horsepower and 315 pound-feet of torque. But for the Phaeton is also available a 6.0-liter W-12. Output is 420 and 406 pound-feet of torque.

Our V8 was mated to a automatic with Tiptronic, Shift, and sport mode, the W12 is fitted with a 5-speed Power is fed to all four wheels by way of the 4-MOTION all-wheel-drive system, traction control. AWD is optional on and not offered on the 7-Series or XJ. At our track V8 Phaeton dispatched 0-60 in 6.3 and skated through the quarter in 14.8 seconds at 96 miles-per-hour. numbers for any 5200 pound

The Phaeton is also extremely for its vastness and reminiscent of the all-aluminum A8L just a tad less gusto. It ran out through the cones, and despite drive, there was only a of understeer. Initial turn in is and direct with sport reflexes. Drivers easily control even when the loosened. Driver adjustable air electronic damping, and stability aid a refined link front, rear suspension.

Braking is by way of vented discs with Secure stops are managed 60 to 0 in 121 feet. Pedal feedback is with slight ABS pulse, but is none of the grabbiness we’re to in Passats. With so much control over the load suspension, we’re not surprised highway ride quality is yet plush and enjoyable.

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Inside, the wide open and cabin is, in a word, opulent. and leather abound. The V-8’s seats are 12-way power, heat, lumbar adjust, and The dash features a clean stack complete with climate controls, AM/FM CD and Navigation system. Couples love the Phaeton’s no-draft system and find the driver display easier to use than or BMW.

The second row bench 43 inches of leg room, deep wells and plenty of room for A special-order, front-to-rear center shrinks rear passenger to two, and features a visual for rear climate control. measures are complete, with side, and curtain airbags.

And luggage fits safely the one-touch automatic trunk. Its 13 feet of cargo space, less than rivals, is

Quite adequate are EPA estimates for the V8. 15 city and 22 highway. Our mixed returned 18 mpg on, yes, premium

And yes, the prices are premium, The Volkswagen Phaeton V8 start at Ð add $1,300 for the gas guzzler tax and $66,515 is the base sticker. The Phaeton W12 at $95,215 Ð tack-on $3,000 for its gas tax and end up paying $98,215.

And VW’s aim is high for the Phaeton. They enough well-heeled buyers who want to advertise their fortune will choose over more obvious of success. We have our doubts. But we know that Volkswagen that patience is a virtue, and one they will have to so Phaeton’s mission of secret can flourish.

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