Monday, August 08, 2011

The Volkswagen Phaeton spotted

We spotted the Volkswagen’s premium class vehicle Phaeton in Bangalore. The car was introduced at the 2002 Geneva Motor Show, and marketed worldwide.

The name Phaeton derives from Phaƫton, the son of Phoebus (or Helios) in Greek mythology, by way of the phaeton auto body style and the type of horse-drawn carriage that preceded it.

The Phaeton's platform is shared with the Bentley Continental GT and Bentley Continental Flying Spur, the Volkswagen Group D1 platform. The D1 is a stand-alone steel platform, and was specifically developed for the Phaeton and Bentley Continental. The Phaeton is hand-assembled in an eco-friendly factory called Transparent Factory in Dresden.

Under the hood of the Phaeton is a powerful 4172 cc V8 engine that can pump 330bhp and hit a top speed of 250 km/h. What more you ask? It takes only 6.9 seconds to race from 0-100 km\h.

The Phaeton features a Bosch ESP 5.7 Electronic Stability Programme along with Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR) traction control system, Electronic Differential Lock (EDL), Engine Braking Control (EBC) and emergency Brake Assist (BA).

In short, the elegant styling, luxury and the power of the V8 makes the Phaeton a premium class brand in its breed.

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