VW has stopped W8 production due to sales so slow it oftentimes seemed that customers were sneaking into dealerships at night and putting their Passat W8s back on the lot. The goal was a modest 5,000 per annum, and less than half of that was sold in 2003, while a whopping 268 were moved through August of 2004. Ouchers. Audi declined the W8 for their S4 when the engine was first introduced, choosing instead to go with the biturbo'd V6, and VW execs have recently axed plans to put the W8 in a Skoda and in a Golf R40. I think I can hear the Phaeton shaking in its mink-lined boots from here.