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Jalopnik Fantasy Garage: Phaeton W12

Yes, the Phaeton. everyone else, when I heard Volkswagen would be a $100,000 car, I was aghast. Was the same Volkswagen that my friend Tristy’s Scirocco? from constantly belching smoke, that car’s seat would snap off its on every left turn. Six for a fat Passat? I’ll pass, But then, details started in. The Phaeton would share an air-suspended platform with the Bentley Continental GT and the Audi including the mega-compact 6.0-liter That’s some Brucetastic Snob-wise, the Phaeton would be at the end of a one-way street. While jokers might climb a Bentley and cringe at the Volkswagen-sourced selector, ain’t nobody’s into a Phaeton and bemoaning, that’s the knob-a-roo from the GT – gross! Sure, the biggest-ever VW come from a fine But then again, so do the Hilton

Think of these three as the Brothers Karamazov . The Bentley is physically mighty, a bit debased but of all a sensualist. Champagne? Women? it on. The A8L is Ivan, a strict rationalist and to a fault. The Phaeton is Alexei, hero and spiritual center. in the novel, the Bentley and the Audi are trying to kill their They both love his money but find the old man a bit of an embarrassment. But the like Alexei, is out to redeem the And if you recall Volkswagen’s father say the Bug, not Hitler), this is a tall order. Like the trial that unfolds, not the result in question, but the intent. years ago, VW’s Ferdinand Pi

ch was in sole possession of the cash, and cojones to attempt not only Volkswagen up by its own lederhosen, but building the best car in the world. He succeeded by

There are those who call the a mistake. Some refer to it as Pi

Folly. Worse, there are who say Volkswagen had no business building a car competes with the likes of Lexus and Mercedes-Benz. This of know your place is reactionary, wrongheaded conservatism at its What if Chevrolet had never with the Corvette? What if never greenlit the Mustang? if Carroll Shelby had kept on chickens and not taken on Enzo Naysayers are always quick to a carmaker for overstepping their to which I answer, Buick Even Farago, who’s such pronouncements as, Volvo only make safe was so impressed by the Phaeton that he his own mantra and declared it a hit. To that type of can’t-do would have BMW still out inexpensive bubble cars poor Volkswagen lumbered with nothing but the Beetle.

The Phaeton W12’s stats are 444 horsepower squeezed from one of the oddest and most complex (All pistonheads would be served by reading the technical jumbo behind the VR6 and W engines.) For sake, the Rolls Royce produces just nine horsepower from a larger Inverse to last week’s ZR-1. the Phaeton’s engine is the interesting thing about the According to a tall, blustery named Jeremy, if one were to the Germanic 155 mph limiter, the Phaeton top out at 201 mph, which would be than a contemporary Z06. Is totally true, or more from Clarkson? Who knows. have a look at these hoons doing 174 mph without a of trouble. That’s remarkable for any car, let alone a VW. But an engine is an engine.

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What makes the Phaeton so suited to the JFG is everything else. As said, the attention to detail is . Name something the Phaeton better than your You have comfy seats? No, according to the Phaeton you don’t. Its are covered in Italian cows, in 18 ways, heat and cool bum, massage your back and support your The front seats in the Phaeton are as plush as the rear seats in the Phantom. And the back isn’t too either, what with an of knee room. However, the app is the world’s first four-zone control system.

You know when it’s hot out and the AC is blasting air cold air across your knuckles even thought the of the car is still in the triple digits? the Phaeton has regular vents to heat or cool the cabin. But the desired temperature is achieved, deploy over those and act as radiators, sparing your icy hands. This feature, came standard on the Phaeton in should be showing up on the big German and saloons, oh around 2010.

Then there’s the exterior. I’m not the world’s biggest fan of the which shares too many with its contemporary Jettas and But once you get past the A-pillars, the is sensational. The stance, the proportions, the C-pillars, the rear end; all perfect (especially in black). of all, the leviathan is stealth To the layman, you’re driving more than a rather Volkswagen. But to the car freak in the know, into something special. But enough to park in one of the Jalopnik Garage’s 50 berths?

I enlisted expert advice in the form of the LA ‘s Dan Neil, who graciously his thoughts with me for the low, low of one beer and two cigarettes.

The Phaeton somebody’s idea of the perfect and how many cars can you say that So it was unusually free of compromise. It was a monument to Pi

ch’s willfulness, you could say also about the — so it has a kind of kinship with monster. The Phaeton was subversive, It demanded you respect it in spite of its

Subversive . We love that in a That’s why we love all Citroens We also salute any machine without compromise. In fact, one trait all Fantasy Garage share.

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It’s also kind of a car. Like the old Mercedes the Datsun 240Z, the Viper, that say something about the of the industry.

Volkswagen in general and Pi

ch in seemed unstoppable just a few years ago. Before takeover machinations, the weakened against the Euro and VW’s and aging product line affected sales, the limit — chairman Piech’s point of — was only the sky. He’d bought up Audi, Lamborghini, and Bugatti, the latter of which be building the most powerful, and most expensive car in the world. Why not a $100,000 Volkswagen? But even than that, why not build a Why not build the best car in the entire Before you vote I would you to consider two things. The first is low-mileage W12s are all over the for about $40K. The second is before WW2 the word Phaeton to a particular class of Automobile.

for us, Phaetons don’t exist

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