In recent years many models have been produced, but some have fallen by the way of series production. At Volkswagen they know what they have done over the last few years. This is the case of the Phaeton, which was a key vehicle in the Premium segment, being the first luxury saloon where technology and high quality was in the foreground. The successor of the Phaeton was reserved to be a unique and exclusive product for the brand to focus on its electric mobility offensive
The Phaeton D2’s driveable model was preceded by an internal selection process to choose from four different concepts. The prototype was built close to series production, broasted on the modular longitudinal platform (MLB). Of course, we must not forget that this type of vehicle does not fall within the needs of Volkswagen, where electrification was in the foreground.
With measures of 5.06 meters in length, 1.90 meters in width and 1.45 meters in height, and a discreet aesthetic, they surprised by their headlights. The smooth contours of the body housed an interior that reigned elegance. Chrome elements, wood veneer of up to 30 layers of material and leather, made it the reference for its qualities.
At the time of choosing the model and its configuration, users could choose between two atmospheric gasoline engines and a TDI. Andl input engine was the compact 3.2 V6, whose banks of cylinders were arranged at a narrow angle of 15 degrees to each other; and had a power of 177 kW (241 hp). The second gasoline engine, the W12, was also unusually short. This engine generated 309 kW (420 hp) from a displacement of six liters.
For its part, the TDI engine was a V10, which had a capacity of five liters, two turbochargers with variable turbine geometry, a power of 230 kW (313 hp) and a torque of 750 Nm, this engine made the Phaeton the most powerful diesel saloon in the world at the time.