The 2011 Volkswagen Phaeton features a redesigned front, a new brake system, the Dynamic Light Assist and a navigation system. The luxurious interior is finished in leather with Alcantara trim and wood accents.
The car comes with a choice of four engines, one turbodiesel and three petrol. The V6 FSI, a V8 and a W12 petrol engine deliver 246 kW / 335 PS and 331 kW / 450 PS, while the V6 TDI diesel engine develops 174 kW / 240 PS.
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V6, V8 and W12 engines:On the drive side, four engines are available (one turbodiesel, three petrol). The six, eight and twelve cylinder engines cover a power range extending from 176 kW / 240 PS to 331 kW / 450 PS. The six-cylinder petrol engine in the Phaeton is a V6 direct-injection engine (FSI with 206 kW / 280 PS). At the power levels above the V6 FSI, a V8 and a W12 petrol engine are available (246 kW / 335 PS and 331 kW / 450 PS). In the diesel area, Volkswagen offers an extremely fuel efficient and refined V6 TDI (174 kW / 240 PS) whose combined fuel consumption has been reduced from 9.0 to 8.5 l/100 km (equivalent to 224 g/km CO2).
Design avant-garde:The Volkswagen Design-DNA developed by the Head of Design for the Group, Walter de Silva, defines the car's lines. In the area of the new front end, in particular, the design team added a measure of precision to the original, stylish and superlative image of this model. This gave the timelessly elegant Phaeton a broader and more powerful appearance: In keeping with the current Volkswagen Design-DNA, horizontal lines dominate the geometry. Different than on any other Volkswagen based on this new DNA so far, in the Phaeton the radiator grille is not styled in glossy black; rather a completely new chrome element is used. This radiator trim has a decisive impact on the styling of the new Phaeton.
Interior artistry:The interior of the Phaeton is one of the most elegant, high quality and comfortable of the entire luxury class. The styling is linear and timeless; the materials and quality of workmanship define the benchmark worldwide. Unmatched in quality are its technological concepts such as a draft-free 4-zone climate control system and 18-way seats with award-winning ergonomics. As an alternative to the version with three rear seats (5-seater), the saloon may be ordered with two electrically adjustable individual seats as an option (4-seater). The Phaeton is also available in an extended chauffeur version that is 120 millimetres longer. The possibilities for customising the saloon are practically limitless with numerous options from Volkswagen Exclusive covering a broad range of leather, Alcantara trim, wood accents and such features as a refrigerator and multimedia systems. This also applies to the new styling of the multifunction steering wheel; it can be ordered in either leather or a wood-leather combination that is coordinated with the interior accents. Many customers in Europe - and those customers travelling to Europe - take advantage of the opportunity to configure their new Phaeton with original leathers, woods and paints right at the Transparent Factory.
Infotainment systems:The thoroughly intuitive operation of the Phaeton was transferred unreservedly to the current generation radio/navigation system (RCD 810 as standard unit and RNS 810 as an option). The systems, whose features include 8-inch touchscreen control, form one functional unit with the climate control and multimedia controls. In the new Phaeton, Volkswagen is offering - for the first time - an Internet-based Google function as a supplement to the map display of the RNS 810 radio-navigation system with 30 Gigabyte hard drive. The relevant data are loaded into the system via mobile telephone using a specially set up Proxy Server. Visualisation on the touchscreen display is the same as that of the Google maps "Satellite" view or the Google "Hybrid" map on the iPhone, which are familiar from the conventional Internet, and it includes Points of Interest that can be called up. In the Phaeton, the satellite images are of course supplemented by the selected route recommended by the navigation system.
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