Savior Survivor: VW Ups The Ante In The Fight To Provide The Pope's New Whip

Yes, either the Pope didn't like the XC90 that Volvo sent over back in June, or the boys n' girls at Volkswagen are seriously worried over whether or not they'll be reaching the pearly gates. Maybe that's why the German automaker's giving his excellency a brand spankin' new 450 hp Phaeton. We're hoping, for Pope Benedict's sake, the plans for this particular Phaeton weren't in the same laptop German Chancellor Merkel's were in or it'll be back to the popemobile. Check out the gallery below. [Hat tip to Zerin!]

[Holy, Holy, Holy Is The Car Gallery Of The Pope]

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