<< The Toureg is one place where the VAG 40v V8 is a must. >>
I agree. But the 4.2 should have been the base engine and should be priced
lower. They need a 4.5 with 355 or so Hp to fill in the gap between the 4.2 and
V10, but it'd be way to expensive. VW wants $51k for loaded Toureag V8s. The
one thing I can say is that the Toureag has a really fantastic cabin, awesome
fit and finish, is very comfortable, and looks great.
<< ver 1000 lbs more than
the Allroad, I was really surprised to learn that a 220 HP V6 (or is it
VR6--- can't keep em straignt ) would be offered. >>
It's the same 3.2 VR6 that's in the R32, but tuned for lower HP and to make
more power lower in the rev band. And yes, it's 1,000 lbs. heavier than the
Allroad, which has the 2.7T with 250 HP and 255 Ft. Lbs. as it's *base* engine.
<< Wasn't there talk of a really torquey diesel? But then
again, Americans don't like diesels. >>
Yes, a V10 with 550 Ft. Lbs. It's a monster, but it'll never sell in the U.S.
<< Maybe the RS6 engine? >>
To expensvie, WAY to expensive. It'd be more cost effective to use the
Cayenne's 4.5 V8 which is only marginally more powerful than the 4.2 already in
<< I think a few die hard VW people might try the Phaeton, perhaps a family
that has outgrown a Passat, but I agree, it won't convince too many S-class
or 7-er Reihe buyers to switch to a VW car, even if it is relatively
It's a gorgeous, well built automobile which simply doesn't have the brand
status to compete with the 7 series, S-class, or even the A8. Audi should've
stepped in and put it off. It would've been better marketing to drop the 3.7
and 4.2 litre V8s, and make a new 4.5 litre 345 Hp mill the A8s standard
powerplant. That model would sell.
<< If you can afford the $80-110k (numbers are really rough) for
an S-class or a 745, why would you look at a ~$50k Phaeton? >>
I'd rather have the Pheaton tha the aging S-Class, but most of the world feels
the reverse of that. And I'd rather have an A8 than either of them And the
S-Class did just get a nifty new 7 speed tranny, I'm dying to drive it). It's
to bad the 745 is ugly and uses that terrible iDrive system, otherwise I'd
probably take that.