Phaeton Powertrain


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Jan 1, 1970
As of 2007, powertrain options for the Phaeton include following internal combustion engines.[6] 4motion permanent four-wheel drive is the only driveline system available. A front wheel drive only configuration was available with the 3.2L engine during MY 2003 and 2004 only.

engine displacement/ type engine code(s) max. power max. torque 0-100 km/h (62 mph) top speed

Petrol engines all fuel injected

3.2 VR6 3189 cc VR6 AYT / BKL / BRK 177 kW (241 PS; 237 bhp) 315 N·m (232 ft·lbf) 9.4 sec 240 km/h (149.1 mph)
4.2 V8 4172 cc V8 BGH / BGJ 246 kW (334 PS; 330 bhp) 430 N·m (317 ft·lbf) 6.9 sec 250 km/h (155.3 mph)(elec. limited)
6.0 W12 LWB 5998 cc W12 BAN BRN / BTT 309 kW (420 PS; 414 bhp) 331 kW (450 PS; 444 bhp) @ 6,050 rpm 560 N·m (413 ft·lbf)@ 2,750 rpm 6.1 sec 250 km/h (155.3 mph)(elec. limited)

Diesel engines all Turbocharged Direct Injection (TDI)

3.0 V6 TDI 2967 cc V6 BMK 165 kW (224 PS; 221 bhp) 450 N·m (332 ft·lbf) 8.8 sec 237 km/h (147.3 mph)
5.0 V10 TDI 4852 cc V10 AJS 230 kW (313 PS; 308 bhp) 750 N·m (553 ft·lbf) 6.9 sec 250 km/h (155.3 mph)(elec. limited)

Vehicles manufactured for sale in the North American market were only available with the 4.2L V8 and 6.0L W12 engine, both of which were electronically limited to 210 km/h (130 mph).

The Phaeton features a Bosch ESP 5.7 Electronic Stability Programme, with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR) traction control system, Electronic Differential Lock (EDL), Engine Braking Control (EBC), with emergency Brake Assist (BA).

Note: The electronic differential lock (EDL) employed by Volkswagen is not, as the name suggests, a differential lock at all. Sensors monitor roadwheel speeds across an individual driven axle, and if one wheel is rotating substantially faster than the other (i.e. slipping) the EDL system momentarily brakes it. This effectively transfers power to the other wheel.

[edit] 2009 Phaeton
For the 2009 model year, Volkswagen Passenger Cars gave the exterior and interior of the Phaeton a minor facelift to better align it with its competitors. This update included new LED daytime running lights, as well as a freshened centre console with revamped controls and materials. New Fuel Stratified Injection (FSI) V6 petrol engine with greater power and fuel efficiency (206 kW / 280 PS) which satisfy Euro-5 emissions standards is also available.

Other changes to the 2009 model year car now being launched include: three new types of alloy wheels (17, 18 and 19 inch), a slightly modified radiator grille, three new exterior colours, the new leather colour, the new wood trims, white switch illumination instead of red, accent and switch trim in the new "Warm gray" colour, an upgraded car key, makeup mirror in the rear on the long version, dampers optimised for low-friction, Carbon fibre-reinforced Silicon Carbide (C/SiC) ceramic composite brakes (front) on the Phaeton W12, as well as a rearview camera (Rear Assist).