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Issue Sixteen
February 25, 2005
Chip Foose & The OverHaulin' Crew
Seven Cars to Watch for 2005
Mothers® Waxes Polishes Cleaners
2005 Scion tC
2004 Volkswagen Phaeton W12
Lidatek LaserECHO LE-30 Laser Jammer
Ultimate Ears:
In-ear Monitors
Porsche Cayman
Spy Photos
Coming Next Issue
Geneva Auto Show
Porsche 911 S
Spring Cleaning
Hot Lap
Volkswagen Phaeton W12:
Cleared For Take Off (continued)

The VW Phaeton W12 badge lets other drivers know to leave you alone.

Room for four adults, quiet, comfy, and spirited: VW Phaeton

We love the look of the W12 Volkswagen Phaeton - it's classy and subtle, like a luxury car should be

Even the trunk hinges are a thing of beauty on the Volkwagen Phaeton

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We won't try to fool you into thinking that the Phaeton is on par with an F-16 when it comes to performing tricky manuevers, but the big cruiser does hold its own when the roads turn twisty. Granted, you'll never forget that you're pushing two-and-a-half tons of sheet metal around a corner, but the Phaeton does an amazing job of masking its heft.

Body roll is minimal, steering response is quick (at times a bit too quick and light), and the chassis does a great job of delivering just enough feedback to make sure things remain in check. There's just a hint of understeer when the going gets extreme, and if you really push it, you can enjoy a controlled, four-wheel drift. Once again, the 4Motion system really shines - it's nearly impossible to do something so dumb that it can't correct it and keep you on your intended flight path. Four-corner, adjustable air suspension complete with an Electronic Damping Control (EDC) program constantly monitors road surfaces, conditions and speeds to deliver a comfortable, sure-footed ride.

Speaking of Three Letter Acronyms (TLA), the Phaeton has plenty. Browsing through the 400-page owners manual (which is also available for reading on the awesome navigation system) we counted at least nine TLAs: DSP (Dynamic Shift Program), EDC (Electronic Damping Control), ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System), ESP (Electronic Stability Program), EBD (Electronic Brake pressure Distribution), EBC (Engine Braking Control), EDL (Electronic Differential Lock), ASR (Anti-Slip Regulation), and DSP (Digital Sound Processing).

Speaking of that last TLA, we'd be remiss if we didn't mention the Phaeton W12's standard sound system. It's simply amazing, and rivals some of the best home stereos. With 270-watts, twelve speakers, a 12-channel amplifier and a subwoofer, the Phaeton will literally knock your socks off as it wraps you in a life-like wall of sound that's distortion free and as sonically accurate as a sniper. Even if you don't check the W12 option on your build sheet, make sure you select the stereo option - you won't regret it.

So as airline costs continue to rise while service, comfort and efficiency drop, why not hop aboard the Volkswagen Phaeton W12? It's got the creature comforts, the performance, the flexibility and the capability to beat just about any airliner out there, chartered or otherwise. Unlike your typical jet-liner, you're encouraged to pilot the Phaeton at will, and, you can use your cell phone while en route to your final destination.

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