Volkswagen designed the Phaeton, a “prosperous people’s vehicle,” from 2002 to 2016, but it was only offered in the United States between 2004 and 2006. Built by hand in their Dresden manufacturing unit, the auto was marketed in a stripped-down conventional model for an outrageous base price tag of $100,000.
The U.S. edition came with two effective motor choices: a 4.2-liter V8 with 335 horsepower or an even bigger 6.-liter W12 with 420 horsepower. Whilst both of those could run at a prime velocity of 186 mph, they had been oddly maxed out at 130 mph (by using Motor Trend). It’s possible VW was knowledgeable of the Greek Phaethon’s inability to keep his chariot less than command and did not want its occupants assembly the exact destiny.
The inside was comfortable, with absolutely adjustable leather-based seats, but it wasn’t overly opulent. Motor Craze compared it to “a effectively-fed Passat,” which expense much less than half the Phaeton’s asking price. But it was replete with a litany of terrible style flaws, parts decisions, and electrical concerns: rear tire-pressure sensors that failed to operate, a trunk that would not open up properly, a navigation technique that would randomly notify you to turn ideal, and stereo and local climate controls that would convert on and off arbitrarily. Also, the Phaeton’s entrance windshield glass gave its occupants a distorted look at of the globe (by using Motor Craze).
VW’s luxurious flagship sales have been never good (by way of Deutsche Welle). The firm only sold 4,061 in 2014. (And its greatest yr, 2011, was continue to only 11,166 Phaetons marketed.) So, Volkswagen ceased production in March 2016. As it turned out, not many “rich people today” actually preferred to invest 6 figures on a dull-searching sedan with a bunch of mechanical troubles.