• Oct 19th 2006 at 5:23PM
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The Pope has a new set of wheels. VW's head honcho, Dr. Bernd Pischetsrieder, has presented Pope Benedict XVI with a customized long wheelbase W12 Phaeton. The car is trimmed out to maximize the Holy Father's privacy, comfort and security (translation: it's armored) as he's shuttled about in the 450-horsepower super-sled.

More photos of the presentation of the car to the Pope can be found after the jump.

[Source: Volkswagen]

Pischetsrieder presents Phaeton to Pope Benedict XVI

Wolfsburg/Vatican City, 18 October 2006 - Pope Benedict XVI has been presented with a specially equipped Phaeton by the Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, Dr. Bernd Pischetsrieder. "It is a particular honor for us to have the privilege of providing Pope Benedict XVI with a fitting limousine", said Pischetsrieder during the presentation in the Vatican City on Wednesday.

The extended wheelbase version of the Volkswagen Phaeton is finished in black and is powered by a 450 hp, 6.0 l W12 engine. The limousine has been specially equipped to meet the comfort, privacy and security requirements of the Holy Father.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Does he just sit around all day and get free cars? How do I sign up for this 'Pope' gig?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks like we have another candidate for MTV's Pimp My Ride!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Shame that Phaeton rhymes with Saeton. Perfect ride for someone with a devil may care attitude!
      • 8 Years Ago
      We know that Heavenly Father is always protecting the Pope, but make sure his vehicles are armored... you know.... just in case!!! HAHA
      • 8 Years Ago
      Somebody should make him an around town car and a popemobile in one. Push a button and the little popemobile glass bubble could pop out of the roof. That way he wouldn't even have to change cars. Now I just need to get a patent on this great idea...
      • 8 Years Ago
      That's one way to get rid of the Phaetons
      • 8 Years Ago
      I guess the pope is not too woried about the rising cost of gas or our environment. The Phaeton W12 gets 12mph city and 18mph on the highway
      • 8 Years Ago
      I believe the last car that was given to him (I saw it on Autoblog) he sold for charity. I beleive it was a phaeton maybe. I wonder if he will use this one, or stick with the popemobile and sell this for charity as well...
      • 8 Years Ago
      To David F.
      The Pope has NO earthly property, it all belongs to the Catholic Church. He no more owns this or any other car PRESENTED to him in the same way that President Bush doesn't own Air Force One.

      The Pope also doesn't "just sit around all day and get free cars." In case that cave you live in has bad TV reception, the Pope, among other things, travels around the world, says Mass everyday (health willing), and prays a great deal. He is, after all, responsible for the souls of ALL Catholics and like all previous Popes takes that responsibility very seriously. I'm sure Pope John Paul II would have loved to have just sat around instead of exposing himself to assasination attempts. Another one of the perks of being a Pope?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Privacy (for the pope)=P
      Photo Op=P

      It has nothing to do with the the car, the pope, the maker, it's all part of the Di Vinci code. Watch for the P's
      • 8 Years Ago
      I am thinking Bentley light pressure twin turbo W12 to move that 6000lb(with armor) tank.
      • 8 Years Ago
      For anyone here who is actually interested in cars, rather than bashing the Pope or the Church, the history of papal cars is quite interesting.

      Wikipedia has a small amount of info:


      I once heard a half-hour radio documentary on the subject. I wish I could track it down somewhere, but don't know who did it.
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