(from Volkswagen Press Release, March
2003) Wolfsburg. As of 4 April, Volkswagen will be enhancing
the luxury class segment with a new dimension: the Phaeton V10 TDI, the
most powerful saloon in the world with a diesel engine. Its 5.0-litre
ten-cylinder power unit generates 230 kW / 313 bhp. From 2000 rpm
upwards, the bi-turbo diesel direct injection develops a fabulous 750
Newtonmetres of torque.
The performance of the Phaeton V10 TDI is at the level of a thoroughbred
sports car. For example, the saloon accelerates in only 6.9 seconds to
100 kph. At 250 kph top speed, the electronics regulate the V10 TDI
gently and unnoticeably. Here, the Phaeton V10 TDI stands out with a low
average consumption, an average of 11.4 litres for 100 kilometres.
Behind the remarkable consumption figures and performance is an engine
that is regarded by experts as a masterpiece of diesel engine design.
This engine was presented for the first time in the luxury class
off-road vehicle Touareg. The main features of this new generation of
diesel engines: maximum dynamism and maximum comfort with minimum
As series standard, the power of the engine in the Phaeton V10 TDI is
applied onto the road by the superior 4MOTION four-wheel drive. The
interface between the engine and four-wheel drive is formed by a new
six-speed automatic gearbox, which can alternatively be shifted manually
using the Tiptronic mode. The new top model in the diesel segment, in
the same way as the Phaeton V6 and Phaeton W12, also has the innovative
4-corner air suspension.
The distinctive exterior design matches the dynamic picture of the
Phaeton. Harmonious and powerful lines underline the sporty properties
of the saloon. An unmistakable design is also a feature of the interior.
The progressive interior is dominated by a refreshingly clear and modern
elegance. The materials deployed, the user-friendly technical solutions,
the elegant design and the generous spatial dimensions create an
ambience that is as progressive as it is exclusive, making the Phaeton
V10 TDI pleasantly distinctive.
As series standard, the five-seater - and optionally four-seater -
313-bhp saloon, compared to the V6 model, is equipped with features that
include a leather interior trim (type 'Vienna'), front seats with an
electrical 12-way setting (including lumbar support and memory
function), electrically adjustable steering column plus entry aid 'Easy
Entry' and memory function, as well as (front) seat belts that can also
be electrically adjusted. The exterior of the V10 TDI features 18-inch
alloy wheels with 235 tyres and a choice of metallic or pearl effect
In addition, all Phaeton models have the unique 4-zone Climatronic and
the above-mentioned air suspension with continuous, road speed-dependent
or individually adjustable damper control and integrated self-levelling
The options also include exclusive and technically innovative equipment
details. One high-tech element: the Automatic Distance Control (ADR).
Here, the Phaeton uses radar to automatically keep the ideal distance to
the vehicle in front. The series standard 190-Watt audio system (with
6-way CD changer) can be replaced on request by a communications
package, including audio system "12/12 High End" with 270 Watts, car
telephone fixed installation, navigation system and TV module.
Alternatively, these components are also available separately.
A wide variety of wood trims and inlays that can be integrated as well
as other leather variations make the interior of the saloon a personally
matched unique version. The exterior can also be individualised by means
of so-called 'piano paints' and helio-chrome shades. The
individualisation program presented in Geneva means that the Phaeton can
be designed on an even more personal basis in future.
(All data and information contained in this
press release are valid for the model program offered in Germany. There
may be some deviations in other countries. Volkswagen reserve the right
to make changes and corrections.)