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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