The features included in the Phaeton and the performance numbers are impressive. Make no mistake, this car was designed with some very lofty expectations in mind. It shares a platform with the Bentley Continental GT and the Bentley Continental Flying Spur, two cars that are well recognized for their performance and exclusivity. The Phaeton shares some of its powertrain parts, including certain engine options, with the aforementioned Audi R8.
As I said before, the Volkswagen Phaeton has not sold well in the United States. The sticker shock is a little too much for a VW, but there are certain people who treasure these cars. Among the rarest models is the Phaeton W12, which features a 12 cylinder engine. It makes 450 horsepower, which is 209 more horsepower than the base model with a V6 engine. Although top speed is limited to 155 miles per hour, this car was made so that it could at a speed that high all day long without having heating or other reliability issues. The only thing it will need to stop for is gas.
As these cars hit the used car market at dealerships and other locations, you'll see some great deals on these really impressive luxury sports cars.
One place you might want to look for a cheap VW Phaeton is on eBay.