10 Best VW Phaetons You Can Buy Right Now

I've made my list, checked it more times than I'd care to admit and now I'm ready to share. When I was in the market for a vehicle earlier this year I very nearly pulled the trigger on one of these fine examples you'll find below. It was to the point where I was ready to call up my grandparents in northern Louisiana… » 8/28/14 1:30pm 8/28/14 1:30pm

The Phaeton Will Work This Time, Because Korea

Our friend Derek Kreindler from TTAC wrote a great editorial today on why the new Phaeton is foolishness from a business perspective. He is correct that mid and large size sedans like the Impala and Taurus on on the decline, but I think Derek is looking at the wrong targets for the big VW. The Impala and Taurus are… » 5/20/14 1:46pm 5/20/14 1:46pm

For $20,650, Get a People’s Car Originally Intended For Only Very Rich…

How much would you pay for three-quarters of a Veyron's Engine, minus the turbos? Well, get ready to find out, because Nice Price or Crack Pipe is bringing you a W12 that even those with meager W2s can afford. » 7/05/10 8:00am 7/05/10 8:00am

2011 VW Phaeton: One More Reason Why China Owns Us

The 2011 Volkswagen Phaeton continues to be one of the most over-engineered, understated ways to hit 186 MPH. Perfect for Chinese businessmen who don't want American peasants to realize who their real masters are. » 4/22/10 10:30am 4/22/10 10:30am

VW Phaeton Exclusive: Because Maybe They'll Buy It If It's More

Legend speaks of the return of the Volkswagen Phaeton, a.k.a 'Piech's Pholly,' a.k.a. the VW sedan so mind-blowingly expensive, Americans wouldn't wrap their wallets around it. To combat the problem, Volkswagen has now made a version even more expensive. » 9/17/09 1:00pm 9/17/09 1:00pm

Maserati Quattroporte Bellagio Fastback Touring: The Ultimate Station…

The Ferrari 599 GTB seats only two, the 612 Scaglietti is big—but what if you have kids, dogs and elephant guns to carry? Enter the custom-built Quattroporte Bellagio, certainly not your daddy's station wagon. » 5/06/09 4:30pm 5/06/09 4:30pm

Engine Of The Day: Volkswagen W

We've had a lot of clamor to give EOTD honors to VW's innovative VR6, but the whole concept just got so much cooler when those mad scientists in Wolfsburg put two VR banks per engine. » 4/25/09 11:00am 4/25/09 11:00am

Austrian Politician Jörg Haider Killed In Phaeton Crash, Driving Twice…

Far-right politicians from Austria tend to get a lot of scrutiny from the rest of the world, for really obvious » 10/13/08 8:00am 10/13/08 8:00am historical reasons, and , long-time leader of Austria's nationalist Freedom Party, definitely made plenty of headlines. That's all over now, as the anti-immigrant Haider perished on Saturday when his…

Could Phaeton Be Making A Return To The US?

Many Jalopers have a special place in their heart for W12 Volkswagen Phaeton (and we know a certain journalist with a pair of V8 Phaetons). And while we like the Passat CC up close, it doesn't move us in the same way. So that makes us happy to hear that Motor Authority is reporting that VW's chief Stefan Jacoby… » 2/01/08 9:45am 2/01/08 9:45am

Undercover as a Bentley Customer, All Ice Sculptures All the Time

The guys at Dubspeed Driven skipped the press intro for the Bentley Continental GT Speed in Spain, opting instead for posing as one of the super-rich customers in the market for a luxury GT. We're not sure what's funnier, the gigantic winged "B" ice sculpture, the spokesmodel or the fact that they give people the… » 11/29/07 9:45am 11/29/07 9:45am

Quattroporte: Out!

The masses have spoken. Looks like one of the very few cars in the Fantasy Garage I've actually ever driven will be joining the Volkswagen Phaeton W12 in Loserville. The message is loud, the message is clear: No 4-doors in the Fantasy Garage. Unless it's a big Italian truck. Do I regret hearing the voice of the… » 7/31/07 1:00pm 7/31/07 1:00pm

Volkswagen Phaeton Coupe Cabriolet Mule

With Volkswagen's Phaeton scoring points among critics but causing confusion and consternation among VW/Audi brand managers, the badge has been undergoing a kind of reconsideration program. Now, as new shots courtesy of Winding Road indicate, a coupe version with retractable hardtop may be in the works. It'll face… » 7/17/07 4:01pm 7/17/07 4:01pm

The Votes Are In: Phaeton, Out!

"Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide." – John Adams » 5/14/07 12:00pm 5/14/07 12:00pm
The people have spoken. And the people are wrong, fantastically wrong. I'm not shocked that the greatest-ever Volkswagen was given the boot from our make…

Jalopnik Fantasy Garage: Volkswagen Phaeton W12

Yes, the Phaeton. Like everyone else, when I first heard Volkswagen would be producing a $100,000 car, I was aghast. Was this the same Volkswagen that built my friend Tristy's Scirocco? Aside from constantly belching black smoke, that car's passenger seat would snap off its runners on every left turn. Six figures for… » 4/24/07 11:00am 4/24/07 11:00am

Allroad Fools Day? Volkswagen's Alleged Cross Phaeton

Of course, we're suspicious of the timing of Autoweek.nl's reveal of the alleged Volkswagen "Cross Phaeton." The shots indicate a new Phaeton with a body kit and higher ground clearance, along with a 220-hp 2.0-liter TDI. They say it'll be revealed at the New York auto show this week. We say they should have added a… » 4/01/07 5:49pm 4/01/07 5:49pm

Ad Watch: Hands Off the VW Phaeton

Once, when we were just a junior Jalopnik, chilling in our dorm room at 2:00 am with only a flashlight and 17 bags of mushrooms (just kidding, mom), we decided to stage "Beowulf" in shadow puppetry. Unfortunately, a semi-serious retnal injury — via an errant forefinger during Grendel's entrance scene — doomed the… » 1/25/07 12:15pm 1/25/07 12:15pm

Fidel Is Not Enough: Bentley Plans Lots O' New, Lightweight Rides

We wannabe upper crusty anglophile types are already busy drooling over the allure from the double-decadent Havana coupe. Now Bentley springs this on us? As the revitalized German British marquee nears the brand-imploding 9,000 cars a year threshold, they are going to need new steel to maintain their momentum. Wait,… » 11/28/06 4:28pm 11/28/06 4:28pm

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

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… » 10/20/06 11:42am 10/20/06 11:42am

The Truth About the Volkswagen Phaeton

Volkswagen's Phaeton may have been the penultimate expression of Ferdinand Pi ch's weapons-grade arrogance (don't forget that little runabout called the Bugatti Veyron), but it sure was (and is somewhere) a sweet luxury car. But as Farago points out in a new column on The Truth About Cars, Volkswagen's ill-phaeted… » 2/20/06 11:39am 2/20/06 11:39am