From the Playboy Mansion to Vatican City: Volkswagen’s long, strange trip is making a special stop this week to the House of Pope for a special delivery blessed, perhaps, by God himself. (How would we know? We’re Buddhist.) Today in Italy, Volkswagen Chairman Bernd Pischetsrieder handed over the keys to a specially outfitted Phaeton sedan to his holiness, Pope Benedict XVI. A long-wheelbase car, the Phaeton gets black paint and a 450-hp W-12 engine. Undisclosed “comfort and privacy” equipment is included, and we’re betting all our Mehmet Ali Agca playing cards they’re not talking about an Xbox. Completing this wandering entry, we’ll conclude with a one-liner you’ll never hear at VW HQ again: Benedict? Heck, I nearly broke it. Thanks, Mom. You’re a classy dame for that one.
October 19, 2006
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