2011 Volkswagen Phaeton ready for the masses


The 2011 Volkswagen Phaeton stays true to its original design since its debut at the Beijing Auto Show on April 2010, which has the same fascia and headlamps with LED running lights much like Audi’s cars.

The new 2011 VW Phaeton is made for luxury and comfort. It comes with standard all-wheel drive, air suspension and 4-zone automatic climate control system. What interesting about the Phaeton is that it is the first car that is able to download Google Maps satellite imagery and destination data over a mobile phone, and can be stored in the car’s 30-GB hard drive. And it is the same feature that GM is been working on with Google.

To help out with road data collection, an active camera behind the windshield can read traffic signs and display information such as speed limits and no-passing zones on the navigation screen.

As for the powertrain, the 2011 Volkswagen Phaeton comes with a choice of V6, V8 and W12 engines with one turbo diesel and three gasoline engine configurations. The six, eight and twelve-cylinder engines range in capacity from 236 horsepower to 444 horsepower. The standard drive unit used in the Phaeton is a V6 gasoline engine producing 276 horsepower. Also, there are V8 and a W12 gasoline engines delivering 330 horsepower and 444 horsepower, respectively.