The Phaeton is likely one of the most fascinating Volkswagens and could also be a greater story than any of the model’s most iconic fashions. The massively costly luxurious sedan lasted only a few mannequin years in North America, however VW had plans to replace the automobile for a brand new era. The automaker simply pulled again the curtain on the Phaeton D2, a luxurious automobile that by no means made it previous the prototype stage.
Volkswagen solely offered a couple of thousand of the unique automobiles, doubtless as a result of their excessive complexity and worth tags. Right here in the USA, the “base” V8-powered automobile got here with a $65,600 price ticket, and the W12 variant began at practically $96,000. Adjusted for inflation, these totals come to $103,534 and $150,882, respectively. Ouch. Six-figure worth tags damage, even after they’re sitting on an unique window sticker, nevertheless it’s extraordinary on a Volkswagen.
The automobile was so costly and complex that it was discontinued within the U.S. after 2006. Internationally, nonetheless, VW up to date the Phaeton for a number of years afterward with options resembling a touchscreen infotainment system and superior driver aids.
The drivable prototype you see right here (above proper, subsequent to the older manufacturing mannequin) was initially a part of a gaggle of 4 idea automobiles. The D2 automobile obtained the nod however by no means reached manufacturing, due to VW’s choice to completely electrify its lineup.
This Phaeton is across the similar dimension as a brand new Audi A8, although Volkswagen didn’t elaborate on powertrain or efficiency particulars. Given the automaker’s shifting environmental priorities on the time of its conception, it’s unlikely the automobile could be fitted with a W12. Nonetheless, the V8 or the Europe-only V10 TDI from the first-generation Phaeton would have made a splash.
Concerning styling, the automobile follows the evolution of VW’s different fashions from the interval. The rounded shapes and generally goofy-looking traces from early-2000s VWs have been changed by sharper, extra upscale styling and design. Inside, the Phaeton D2 has a big curved show that ended up being launched within the 2018 Touareg.
It’s simple to see how this automobile attracts a line to new Volkswagens with its tech and design. Past the curved show, the touch-sensitive controls on the Phaeton D2’s steering wheel can now be discovered within the new GTI and Golf R, in addition to different fashions. It’s unimaginable to understand how the Phaeton would look right this moment if it had continued in manufacturing, however VW might at all times pull out a equally luxurious automobile to experience on its electrified platform.