The Volkswagen Phaeton W12 Was a $120,000 VW Ultra-Luxury Sedan


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    The Volkswagen Phaeton W12 is one of the craziest Volkswagen models ever -- a 12-cylinder Volkswagen luxury sedan with a $100,000 price tag. Today I'm reviewing the Phaeton to show you why the Volkswagen Phaeton is one of the most interesting cars of our time.
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Doug DeMuro
Doug DeMuro

Yes, I am saying "Phaeton" correctly. No, it is not "fay-tin." Yes, it has three syllables. http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/phaeton Click that link and there's a little voice that will even sound it out for you. You're welcome ;)

Vor 11 Monate
ghostmanromeo uk
ghostmanromeo uk

Doug the kinda guy who likes to splooge in his own pants. Whilst driving a pensioners VW Phaeton. Whilst sniffing his own finger, which has been up his butt btw

Vor 5 Tage
Valencio Danes
Valencio Danes

No, it’s not “fay-tin” but nor is it 3 syllables. I believe “figh-ton” is an accurate phonetic representation of the word you fuckin shirtlifter.

Vor 6 Tage
Andy Hanovera
Andy Hanovera

Phaeton, is the name of the greek god of "light". So in the early days of motoring cars without a roof like "Open Tourers" were qualified as Phaetons. What make Mr. Ferdinand Piech choose this as a name for a model? Perhaps the team of developers were ultimately enlightened?

Vor 6 Tage
Aranz Hale
Aranz Hale

Awesome looking vw. I definitely like to get one

Vor 7 Tage
kgbme
kgbme

Hi, from Belgrade. You're also -still- saying "quirks" and, JESUS H. CHRIST, it doesn't get any less cringy hearing it; as, I'm sure, you already know. Best regards.

Vor 10 Tage
El tunas T espinas
El tunas T espinas

Nobody knows is a Phaeton ? People mistaken it with a passat ? Really ?. . . . .only the ignorants will do that. When you are a car enthusiast , you know it.

Vor 2 Stunden
Jere Salonen
Jere Salonen

tbh this is the most lucsorious car ever. No s-series is ver going to rival thisw.

Vor 3 Stunden
Justin Love
Justin Love

Fun drinking game: take a shot every time he says “Phaeton”.

Vor 6 Stunden
Aviation and Cars
Aviation and Cars

In europe you can buy a pheaton for around €10,000

Vor 17 Stunden
Levi Blue
Levi Blue

The Phantom?

Vor 17 Stunden
Hammerhead547
Hammerhead547

Is anyone really surprised that no one wanted to spend $90/100.000 for what looks like a passat that was fed steroids?

Vor 20 Stunden
jaredpautler
jaredpautler

The Book of Mormon?

Vor Tag
Karo Laku
Karo Laku

Love ALL your videos! Special the ones with the bmw

Vor Tag
Massi Õ'ßrian
Massi Õ'ßrian

Damn you talk too much 😑

Vor Tag
Haiduk Haiduk
Haiduk Haiduk

u should get some saab 9000 aero 94 - 97y to test.

Vor Tag
Haiduk Haiduk
Haiduk Haiduk

about the Shifter. Saab 9000.

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G Y
G Y

This is a giant Passat

Vor 2 Tage
Your Name Here
Your Name Here

Looks like a stretched out Passat lol

Vor 3 Tage
James Copeland
James Copeland

Regarding the climate vents... Interesting note: the designer, Ferdinand Piëch, was particularly prone to sinusitis (sinus infection)... a condition that is often aggravated by air conditioning. As part of the $1.3 billion design (yes, that's correct) one of his parameters dictated the following: "Parameter #1 :  The Phaeton must be able to be driven all day at 186mph, in 120-degree weather, while maintaining a cabin temperature of 71.6-degrees." [the figures have been adapted to standard units]. Back to the sinus issue... because the air aggravated his sinus issues, the climate control can be operated with the shields still covering the vent registers, to prevent the air from being blown directly onto the occupants. The system was tested to 100 degrees continuous duty with a 68 degree cabin temperature in this fashion. I don't recall how you retract the vent shields while the climate is running... but it can be done.

Vor 3 Tage
Gerkie k
Gerkie k

It's a Audi A8

Vor 3 Tage
Yung Fraco ll
Yung Fraco ll

I'd trade in my '13 328i for this in a heartbeat

Vor 3 Tage
Abravado
Abravado

Remember when this was featured on top gear, that was one of my favourite episode. What an amazing car

Vor 3 Tage
Sione Norsingle
Sione Norsingle

Kool ass car

Vor 3 Tage
Asher Victoria
Asher Victoria

Doug the backrest rolls down by itself in 14:15

Vor 3 Tage
A Person
A Person

My moms VW’s dealership has one of these, it’s completely shit

Vor 4 Tage
Mysterion
Mysterion

you can get one for 4000$ now in germany

Vor 4 Tage
Lee in NC
Lee in NC

The only thing I don't like about your Doug score is the performance. O-60 in under six seconds for a (nice) barge like that??? Ya gotta adjust these for what they are...

Vor 4 Tage
Daniel Seire
Daniel  Seire

some thing you say are false, for example a year 2001 Opel Omega had colored display way before Phaeton

Vor 4 Tage
Crooked Skate Supply Co
Crooked Skate Supply Co

Weirdest feature would easily be the book of mormon

Vor 4 Tage
Maggie Doggie
Maggie Doggie

Looks like a total POS

Vor 5 Tage
Lauren Wild
Lauren Wild

Fay-ton is how everyone says it.

Vor 5 Tage
Hi There
Hi There

19:37 *U L T R A T H I C C*

Vor 5 Tage
Shannon Zittlow
Shannon Zittlow

It's Mitt Romney's car🇺🇸

Vor 5 Tage
Fullest Racer15
Fullest Racer15

When your fiends ask, what did you spend your $120000 on?! Uh, I bought a volkswagen. ._.

Vor 5 Tage
Barrier Boy
Barrier Boy

all of the interior "luxury" seemed like much ado about nothing. how many different ways do you need the AC to be tweaked? and spare tire pressure? wiper blade sensors?

Vor 5 Tage
Im The southpaw
Im The southpaw

Will it drift?

Vor 5 Tage
La Tui
La Tui

VW is a horrible company. It needs to die.

Vor 5 Tage
Stargate Max
Stargate Max

I say the same about Toyota.

Vor 5 Tage
Badea George-David
Badea George-David

U gay

Vor 6 Tage
qorgusdlr
qorgusdlr

The owner is mormon......

Vor 6 Tage
twintriode
twintriode

The book of Mormon.

Vor 6 Tage
Kangol
Kangol

Service mode

Vor 6 Tage
Full option of video
Full option of video

German cars are allways amaizing

Vor 7 Tage
diana Petersen
diana Petersen

VW Phaeton up to 2007....should not be purchased…..due to air suspension has been terminated by VW....meaning that you have to upgrade….at a cost more then the car value !!

Vor 7 Tage
Stean J. Hader
Stean J. Hader

5:07 can you believe this guy is married

Vor 7 Tage
bobspineable
bobspineable

Seems like the perfect cat for, a luxury car that doesn’t draw attention.

Vor 7 Tage
m wizard
m wizard

i cant find it in my country

Vor 7 Tage
aliGol D
aliGol D

I bet a Mormon owns it

Vor 8 Tage
YouTube Tech fan
YouTube Tech fan

My mother still has a phaeton except she's replaced the infotainment screen with a more modern one the only thing that she's changed in the seven years she's has it

Vor 8 Tage
Judie Laraque
Judie Laraque

It’s so damn ugly wtf

Vor 8 Tage
Vaidotas Urbonas
Vaidotas Urbonas

U kidding me? My mb W211 has ashtrays in all 4 doors also... and its not even an S class.

Vor 8 Tage
J J S
J J S

You say "fay-it-ton" it's just fay-ton. Also back in 1993, Lexus had power adjustable seat belts as well on the LS 400. Not sure how you've never seen this

Vor 9 Tage
Johann Prinsloo
Johann Prinsloo

Sorry man VW did not make that engine more research lol Audi did and it was made for the Avus

Vor 9 Tage
Well idk Idk
Well idk Idk

Johann Prinsloo Audi is owned by Volkswagen and so is Porsche

Vor 8 Tage
neumi107
neumi107

One of the most underrated luxury sedans ever made and shurely one of the most underrated VW's ...Great quality car !

Vor 9 Tage
tacomahnster
tacomahnster

Back when VW made attractive interiors

Vor 9 Tage
Batman
Batman

This was a excellent car good buy today if you can find one .

Vor 10 Tage
Steven Xu
Steven Xu

pretty sure that instrument cluster has also appeared on the VW touareg of the same era, but ok.

Vor 10 Tage
Caleb McKnight
Caleb McKnight

This thing is still for sale

Vor 10 Tage
Ahmad Mustafa
Ahmad Mustafa

Why did not you video the front of the vehicle ???

Vor 10 Tage
JustSomeDude
JustSomeDude

That's the best thing about the phaeton, it's the discreet rich mans luxury car. It's not super flexin, only those that KNOW it, truly appreciate it for what it really is. This review did leave out some key things that I thought were really interesting when Top Gear UK covered this, BUT Doug talked about a lot of things that Top Gear didn't, so even. The thing that always annoys me, Doug shouldn't always rate cars on how "infotainment-y" they are. THAT'S NOT A THING (in the grand scheme of things)! It's not what really makes a car a car. I watch so many Doug videos where he concludes yeah this luxury/tech feature was super awesome and cutting edge X amount of years ago but isn't cool because it's not the best now. THAT ISNT THE POINT DOUG! I know you're not an idiot. Rate the features based on how they were appropriate for the time they came out. Old cars are great not because they're faster or more fuel efficient, but because they're all around better looking and sexier! Of course older cars aren't going to be more high tech than newer cars! You gotta rate whether the feelings of retro/nostalgia/time period quirkiness are worth how out of date/hard to maintain it is.

Vor 10 Tage
Paul Arata
Paul Arata

P H A E spells Fay. Not fay-eh.

Vor 11 Tage
Paul Arata
Paul Arata

Say fayton. Fay.....Ton

Vor 11 Tage
Gavin Matt
Gavin Matt

lexus ls430 UL had all of these options and more in the same year, other than a v12.

Vor 11 Tage
khalil Jamaleddine
khalil Jamaleddine

Hi Doug, can you test the KIA SOUL 2012?

Vor 11 Tage
bartofilms
bartofilms

I've seen Phaeton on the road. It looks nothing like a Passat. It is massive and passes other cars like they are standing still.

Vor 11 Tage
Arrowlover 25
Arrowlover 25

PLEASE PLEASE REVEIW A 2012 Chevrolet Malibu LT!!!! And u should smash a Jetta!!

Vor 12 Tage
Giorgi Kharatishvili
Giorgi Kharatishvili

This car had amazing features, it had all things to enter luxury market, but just VW sign, which means Volks wagen. Rich people don`t want car saying it`s a car for working class people.

Vor 12 Tage
NoSox RubyRox
NoSox RubyRox

I like how many syllables you use

Vor 12 Tage
scoopmaster69
scoopmaster69

I want one!

Vor 12 Tage
Rayhan S
Rayhan S

I cringe so bad whenever he says "Phaeton"

Vor 12 Tage
Paul G
Paul G

You'll cringe even more when you look at a dictionary and realize that he's pronouncing it correctly.

Vor 6 Tage
Zach Nubson
Zach Nubson

http://makeameme.org/meme/doug-demirror I know this video is old but I just had to make this lmao

Vor 12 Tage
Kit Cat
Kit Cat

Please tell me that they even made the airbag sticker smaller by saying see detail by flipping the visor (you can kinda see it when Doug's driving towards the end)... I love this car and how understated yet insanely over engineered it is. Love it even more after seeing detail in this video.

Vor 12 Tage
Johnathan Gregg
Johnathan Gregg

I really want this car

Vor 13 Tage
Mr.Skyline
Mr.Skyline

8:39 the cayenne 04' did

Vor 13 Tage
Sid3300
Sid3300

Bentley continental unbadged

Vor 13 Tage
LAD Fan
LAD Fan

I want one

Vor 13 Tage
OnitsukaTiger82
OnitsukaTiger82

SO dramatic about little things.

Vor 13 Tage
Tim's Auto Vision Tv
Tim's Auto Vision Tv

Watch "2018 Genesis G90 walk around" on YouTube http://youtu.be/QWarWzQdyB0

Vor 13 Tage
scott smith
scott smith

I sold my 06 trailblazer for 16,500 a few yrs ago with 103k miles

Vor 14 Tage
Vamosalabaralrey
Vamosalabaralrey

Slow suv

Vor 11 Tage
scott smith
scott smith

W 12 like w16 veyron ? Ummm my 06 trailblazer had 390hp v8 6.0

Vor 14 Tage
scott smith
scott smith

Sound like phantom

Vor 14 Tage
micheal jackson
micheal jackson

Probably as fast and as comfortable as a 2001 Audi S8 but I’d definitely take the S8 over this. I also when this car gets the flu hope you have good health insurance with all those bells and whistles.

Vor 14 Tage
SiVlog
SiVlog

It's basically a Bentley Continental Flying Spur with VW badges

Vor 14 Tage
MrCaddy775
MrCaddy775

Sooo, basically it's a d4 audi a8.

Vor 14 Tage
St Raphael The Healer
St Raphael The Healer

it really just shows you how shallow we are. the only reason this car didn't sell is because of the VW badge

Vor 15 Tage
Nicholas Masci
Nicholas Masci

Tell the owner to come to Lexus for the new LS500 ;)

Vor 15 Tage
Jorge Serna
Jorge Serna

I had this and more stuff on my vw Touareg I had adjustable air ride suspension plus tons more ...

Vor 15 Tage
goguhu
goguhu

Have to correct you, here. The W12 is not two V6 put together, it's two VR6 put together. Basically a narrow angle V6 in a single block http://www.automobilemag.com/news/volkswagen-vr6-engine/

Vor 15 Tage
John Bales
John Bales

I just was a link on Wikipedeia that indicates the Phaeton didn't die completely, just in the West. In 2016 it was intruduced into the Chinese VW market as an executive car, the VW Phideon http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volkswagen_Phideon Doesn't include much info but does give three photos. Manufactured in Shanghai.

Vor 15 Tage
John Bales
John Bales

I'm a VW fanatic. Was living in Dallas and made sure to visit my dealer the moment they received their first Phaeton (a V12). It was an incredible car at the time. Piano black, incredible features, ahead of many luxury cars of the time. But as incredible as it was, I was doubtful it would sell well in the US. VW had always been seen as an economy brand for the masses. The person looking to shell out $75-$125k would bypass this for the Mercedes or BMW dealers down the street. Unfortunately that was the Phaeton's future but it did serve to introduce technology that filtered down to the other VW models. I'd still love to have one and with the current resale market (if you can find one) is now quite affordable.

Vor 15 Tage
EduSanjuan777
EduSanjuan777

It might be the nicest interior in any car EVER

Vor 15 Tage
Will Barney
Will Barney

errr no its pronounced feyton

Vor 16 Tage
Robert Robinson
Robert Robinson

opens glove box out pops book of mormon. im out lol.

Vor 16 Tage
DICK TV
DICK TV

Nothing like a ferrari or lamborgini...... Wasn't aware lambo or ferrari used a w12

Vor 16 Tage
Flashbek87
Flashbek87

I always admired that car back then. The thing that most people wouldnt recognise how good it is seems rather good to me. Thank you for review

Vor 16 Tage
Ryuuji Takasu
Ryuuji Takasu

The perfect sleeper car

Vor 16 Tage
TeamUSASportsFan
TeamUSASportsFan

Doug is the type of guy who would give a car a 10/10 on features, then start taking points off, when comparing the same car to later models.

Vor 17 Tage
Gustaf Nyman
Gustaf Nyman

Im surprised he didn't comment the book of mormon in the glove box..

Vor 18 Tage
Tristan 153
Tristan 153

Does it have a not-w12 version?

Vor 19 Tage
Александр Кисленко
Александр Кисленко

I've seen one maybe just a couple of times, but I remember particular one with no glass tint (I have to notice it's pretty much a standard thing to tint glass almost to absolute black on any luxury car in my area). I knew it was a Phaeton, and I thought to myself "This is such a subtle luxury car for someone rich yet honest enough without the need of hiding". I like it very much!

Vor 19 Tage
The Dylan Car Show
The Dylan Car Show

I am a YouTuber and a fan

Vor 19 Tage
trev N
trev N

They should have made the outside look different. Just looks like a really nice Passat. This one is in MINT Condition like damn. Thing is 14yrs old and looks mint

Vor 19 Tage
lilmoris1
lilmoris1

It's beyond me how or why a turbocharged v12 ONLY makes 400 hp

Vor 20 Tage
liftingheavy1
liftingheavy1

I loved this car and still do!

Vor 20 Tage
Sgt Steel
Sgt Steel

You never talk about or demonstrate the hi-fi in any of your reviews :\

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