• Jul 17, 2007
It sure looks like a fingerpainting to us, but we're told this is a spy photo of a new VW in development. Actually, the full size shots over at Winding Road clearly show a muscular mule that has a lot of Audi DNA in its looks. It's believed to be Volkswagen's Phaeton replacement, only in coupe/cabrio form. The Phaeton never really caught on here, despite the fact that it's a pretty nice ride. This probably had a lot to do with its huge price tag, which, combined with a VW logo on the grille, scared a lot of people back to the more established luxury brands.
While most figured Volkswagen would let the name slip back into history, VW recently announced that a replacement was in the works. This new Phaeton, however, will move slightly closer to its moniker and become a hardtop convertible positioned to go head-to-head with the Mercedes-Benz SL. The mule you'll see in the photos is a chopped and widened A8, but we're not sure if it will share much with that sedan. There are rumors that it may, in fact, have more in common with Porsche's upcoming Panamera. Click over to WR for more pics and a comical recounting of what happened when the VW engineers spotted the spy photographers.

[Source: Winding Road]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Wasn't the first Phaeton a complete failure because people who could spend on a car, wanted something more than a VW badge on it?

      I was thinking it was the opposite of the Kia Amanti. Its an extremely nice car for a very little price, but people would spend more just for the name.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Since the original version did so well against the S-class, they're going to go against the SL this time? Just because convertible buyers are so much more practical and not at all image conscious? At least Audi doesn't have a competing car this time around.
      • 7 Years Ago
      is it just me or does this look like a photoshop?
      • 7 Years Ago
      The worst thing they could have done was kept the phaeton name on it.
      ok i take that back, the worst thing they could have done was make it look like that.
      Nick
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's hard to grasp what the !@#!$@ VW was thinking when it introduced the phaeton, with a pricetag within throwing distance of the audi A8's and a volkswagen badge. It was pretty much like burning cash from the beginning and now they want to re-ignite the flame and If this next generation phaeton is even remotely similar to the previous generation, history is going to pathetically repeat itself. Plus nobodies going to be attracted to a coupe/convertible variation if its anything that crosses into the audi territory of pricing
      • 7 Years Ago
      Somewhat different pics of project CC or 511 as seen around the net (http://www.integrityvw.com/2007/05/vw-cc-511.html). This has little to do with the Phaeton. More about entering the 2-door coupe niche. More about sharing components with the A5 (http://www.fourtitude.com/gallery/gallery2.php?mode=album&album=/Audi/A5-S5-RS5)

      I agree with some of the comments above, VW is leveraging all the wonderful brands they now own, including Lamborghini, Bentley, Bugatti Audi as well as their Porsche heritage. The Phaeton shares the same D3 all-wheel-drive platform as the Bentley Continental GT, Continental Flying Spur and the Audi A8, with an amazingly small marvel of technology the 6.0-liter W12. The fact that in the US their brand reminds some of less expensive models has nothing to do with the superior design and quality of their products. You simply don’t hear the same criticism for the A8 or the Bentleys.

      Another proof that as in politics, “the make-up man is more important than the speech writer.”
      TyTy
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'll take one
      • 7 Years Ago
      The stupid 'ego-based' decisions at VW just keep comming!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I love VW but I don't think this is where they need to go. It would make sense if Audi had a car like this. VW? Why? No sense to be made....maybe Porsche will sort it all out now that they are wanting control.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I do not ever mind a company making a big fast car even if I think it will do very poorly. It looks pretty cool too, and its only a test mule. :)
      • 7 Years Ago
      yea but based on what are they saying this is VW and not Audi? some spy photogs just caught a few pics of it, without any explanation or comment from VWAG. so how do they know it wasn't an Audi competitor for the SL? After all, the Phaeton and A8 were built on the same platform, so if the Audi SL-competitor is based on the A8, then it would also be based on the Phaeton...plus the back is that of an Audi A8...