VW Resuscitates Phaeton with New Infotainment, Improved Drivetrains

November 17, 2008
VW breathes new life into the slow-selling Phaeton luxury vehicle with new infotainment systems and thoroughly reworked drivetrains. The infotainment systems, known as RCD 810 and RNS 810, feature an easy-to-use 8-inch touchscreen that improves usability and convenience. A new range of engines backed by a six-speed automatic transmission all meet the stringent Euro-5 emissions standard.

RCD 810 and RNS 810 promise extended functionality, quicker access to information, and a nearly self-explanatory user interface logic in comparison to the system in the current VW Phaeton. The systems share a common interface with the climate control in the center of the redesigned center console. The climate control now features standard four-zone automatic climate control, and the RNS 810 has an optional Dynaudio Temptation system with 1,000 watts of acoustic power.

The engines, which range from a miserly 3.0-liter TDI turbodiesel V-6, a new 3.6-liter gasoline V-6, all the way up to a potent W-12 engine shared with Bentley, all feature improved drivability and performance. And the diesel manages an impressive 26 mpg average fuel consumption.--Colin Mathews
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