2010 Volkswagen Phaeton W12 LWB

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A Volkswagen with champagne-cooler and W12 engine? Until 2016 the Phaeton made that possible and was probably the ultimate undercover luxury car. For non car people it might even look just like a bigger Passat – but it is so much more. For many the VW Phaeton W12 is one of the most underrated cars of all times, and therefor definitely worthy of being mentioned on our page.

Bi-Xenon lights combined with LED technology and cornering function, 4-zone electronic climate control, a mini-fridge in-between the backseats, 360° automatic distance control (ADC) and on top of that a 6 L W12 engine that usually comes into play at Bentley – the Phaeton has it all.

The original idea behind the car was to compete with Mercedes’s S-class, which, from a technical standpoint, would have been no problem for the Phaeton – the car had everything you’d expect from a luxury-limousine. So why was it never the big thing? Actually nobody really knows, but an often claimed cause is the design. It looked too much like the VW Passat, which was a good, but ordinary, family sedan.

Quick Facts

Year

2010

Cylinders

12

Displacement

5998 ccm (366 ci)

Horsepower

450 hp

Top Speed

250 km/h (155.3 mph)

0-60mph / 0-100kmh

5.9 s

Engine

Type

W12

Position

front

Displacement

5998 ccm (366 ci)

Compression Ratio

10.8:1

Boost Pressure

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max. RPM

/

max. Torque @RPM

560 Nm (413 lb ft) @2750-5200

max. Horsepower @RPM

450 @6050

Valves/Cylinder

4

Valvecontrol

DOHC

Transmission

Drivetrain

AWD (4motion)

Type

5-speed automatic

Gear Ratios (rear)

3.57 - 2.20 - 1.51 - 1.00 - 0.80 (4.09)

Final Axel Ratio

3.12

Design

Seats

4

Doors

4

Length/Width/Height

5179/1903/1450 mm (204/75/57)

Weight 

2460 kg (5423 lbs)

Paint Options

12

Interior Colour Options

24 in leather + wood choices

Interior Materials

leather, wood and other

Cw value

0.31

Design by

VW

Performance

Top Speed

250 km/h (155.3 mph)

0-60mph / 0-100kmh

5.9 s

60-120mph / 100-200kmh

18.1 s

60-0mph / 100-0kmh

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1/4 Mile

14 s

Price

New 

≈ 140,000 $ (160,000 $ today)

Used 

≈ 40,000 $

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