Volkswagen Phaeton W-12 4MOTION – Short Take Road Test – Car Reviews – Car and Driver

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Volkswagen Phaeton


When’s the last time you saw a VW a $3000 gas-guzzler tax?

In you can buy a Toyota luxury sedan the Century. It features a 48-valve engine, an air suspension, and Magic vibrating seats. We asked why the was sold nowhere but Japan.

explained Engine magazine Masafumi Suzuki, no one but us would to driving an $85,500 Toyota.

In you can buy a Volkswagen luxury sedan the Phaeton W-12. It features a 12-cylinder engine, an air suspension, and Fingers vibrating seats. the automobile depicted here and will come a time, it or not, when your asks, Hey, what of new car did you buy?

You’re going to have to him in the eye and say, Well, I bought a Volkswagen.

Before the poleaxed departs his face, you might But, hey, my VW shares its with the Bentley Continental GT. If he looks as if he might momentarily so hard that fluid one or more nostrils, flip him car’s keys. First he’ll do is start this VW and not it’s running-yes, it’s silent, with no telltale thrumming up through the steering

The engine at idle sounds the low-speed fan on a Cadillac Seville, by the way, this VW exceeds in

What will happen is that your neighbor come close to breaking the limit by the time he reaches the end of driveway. Not because the Phaeton is a hot rod-although 0 to 60 mph in 5.5 seconds is impressive for weighing 5436 pounds-but it attains illegal speeds as if by There is no chirp at launch, in part to 4MOTION all-wheel

And the 6.0-liter W-12-essentially two narrow-angle attached to a common crankcase at 72 its 420 horses with electric-motor-like emitting only the serene of a jet four miles overhead. just wafted to colossal with 6000-rpm WOT upshifts past as imperceptibly and silently as markers. The quarter-mile vanishes in seconds, 1.1 second quicker an eight-cylinder Phaeton we tested December.

There’s so little drama so little head snap, so few suggesting vehicular strain or that a back-seat mother-in-law remain blissful right her weekly harangue about apparent inability to afford an

The suspension’s pneumatic struts and are co-conspirators in this cosseting, the long wheelbase and astounding eliminating any residual ride or crash-through. Distant da-dumps the chassis is getting a workout, but like scullery maids and clacking in a faraway kitchen-soothing, and none of your concern.

In switchbacks and S-bends, understeer early, as does noticeable roll, at least in the Basic damper mode. Still, yumps are overcome with but one of the dampers, and although the Phaeton reminds that it is as large and as Dresden, it rarely translates to ponderousness. Lateral grip is on par an Audi A8L’s.

The suspension shows to best in high-speed sweepers, where it a confident set and delivers fine control. It’s like spaceships in Close Encounters floated up the hill after Dreyfuss-silent, awesome, quicker you’d think.

This VW is not without flaws. Its steering is for an auto that many will deploy as a limousine-but the does not increase in step cornering forces. The driver’s is hard and lumpy, and we’d preferred three or four of adjustment rather than 18.

The long throttle travel some getting used to. The are strong-70 mph is dissipated in 173 feet-but the pulse of ABS is tricky to predict, loud. Top speed is governed to a 130 mph. And there is an LCD screen delivers multiple threats of and mutilation should you attempt to it while driving.

The screen even allow you to alter temp without acknowledging its

None of which matters you’re lounging on the vast sofa, whose seatback encourages sleep. Stretch legs, read the Times, the exquisite eucalyptus trim, at the 270-watt stereo. This may be the car for millionaires worried about a image. Hey, man, lean, I’m green, Nader could tell without flinching.

I mean, come on, I drive a VW.

and serene, the Phaeton W-12 is might have resulted if had its way with a Lexus LS430 and did the interior. It’s everything a car should be.

Question is, is it everything a should be?

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