vw is comin out with the w-12 in 2004, in the new Phaeton model. Its a 6.0L with 420 hp. The Phaeton is supposed to have all wheel drive w/ electronic differential and air suspension. also, navigation standard and a power operated trunk lid WOW --> a power operated trunk lid (technology is the shit)
so when is the wonderful W12 coming out? and i am guessing that it wont be in America. I have been following that car since it started in like 96 or something like that but i have lost info in it for the last year or so. if anyone has any links for it, please let me know. thanks
I just got my new issue of Europeancar and they had a article on the Phaeton. Here's what it said about the engine.
" U.S. flagship engine is a sweet 420-bhp 6.0-liter W12, an extremely rigid and compact amalgam of two small V6 modules joined at a 72-degree angle. Cylinder angles are 15 degree; each has four valves and overhead combustion champer with centrally located spark plug, Four chain diriven cmashafts are adjustable on both intake and exhaust sides. A dual-path magnesium intake manifold broadens the 405 lb-ft of torgue. Combustion is by singlespark ignition coils; fuel is contolled by VW's E-gas system. Other technical details include dual balance shafts; wet sump lubrication; oil-spray jets to cool pistions; and innovations to the cooling system, including a water coolled generator. Four pre-cats and two main cats help the car meet the most rigorous exhaust gas standards. Powerful enought to take the car to 62 mph in 6.1 sec. and effortlessly attain the electronically limited top end of 155 mph, the W12 at rest is so quiet it can fool the driver into thinking it's stalled. It's a marvel of engineering that performs marvelously. Not being offed here are a new 3.2 liter 241-bhp V6 developed from the 2.8 and a magnificent new 5.0 liter V10 turbodiesel with 313 bhp and 406lb-ft of torque. the V8 is not being sold in Europe."
The base Phaeton for the U.S. , with the 330-bhp 4.2 liter V8 from Audis 2004 A8 is expected to for for around $60,000, and the W12 will be about $75,000 and will go on sale next year.
I'm sure you are one of the first to know about it, but many people don't have a clue on what's coming out. Also, dirtjumpwill said, "Anyhoo, I haven't seen much in the way of W8 mods, it's a new engine, and now that it's being canceled..." they are already canceling the W8?? i couldn't imagine them not making it anymore after they were making such a big deal about.