The Phaeton

Prices for Volkswagen’s new Phaeton have been announced, spanning from £42,905 to £68,260, ‘on the road’. The large luxury saloon, which goes on sale on 16 June, will initially be available with two petrol engines, a 3.2-litre V6 and the flagship 6.0-litre W12.

Unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 2002, and making its UK debut at the Birmingham Show last year, the Phaeton joins Volkswagen’s other new contender in the luxury class, the Touareg 4x4.

The Phaeton was designed to set benchmark standards in its class. To this end, sophisticated technology is a major facet of Volkswagen’s first luxury saloon. Engineered to the highest standards, the Phaeton surpasses its key competitors in several areas.

Every Phaeton comes with a high level of specification, including Continuous Damping Control (CDC) air suspension; ESP (Electronic Stabilisation Programme); electric seats; Xenon headlights; draught-free 4Zone climate control; ‘infotainment’ centre with 7-inch colour display; leather upholstery; rain sensor wipers and a six-disc CD autochanger.

The 3.2-litre V6 engine produces 241 PS, while the 6.0-litre W12 powerplant, which comes with 4MOTION four-wheel drive transmission as standard, has a maximum output of 420 PS. At the end of this year, a 310 PS 4.2-litre V8 petrol will join the range, along with the highly regarded 5.0-litre V10 TDI – the world’s most powerful passenger car diesel to date, with 313 PS and peak torque of 553 lbs ft (750 Nm).

At the same time a long wheelbase version will become available, while a 3.0-litre V6 TDI will follow later.

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Published : 07/05/03 Author : Melanie Carter

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