The big daddy of Volkswagen sedans is currently on display at F.A. Wagen’s Volkswagen Glenmarie showroom. Say hello to the Volkswagen Phaeton 4.2 V8 long wheelbase. There are only about five units of this limo in Malaysia. The Phaeton is priced at RM838,888 nett before OTR costs and insurance, but since they are 2012 units, buyers get a RM200k discount.
The Phaeton is built on the VW Group D1 platform with a steel frame construction, so it has more in common with a Bentley Continental Flying Spur than an Audi A8, which uses an aluminium Audi Space Frame.
The 4.2 litre non-FSI V8 engine under the hood produces 335 PS at 6,500 rpm and 430 Nm of torque at 3,500 rpm, taking the luxury car from 0 to 100 km/h in 6.9 seconds. Drive goes to the rear wheels via a six speed automatic gearbox.
The unit on the showroom floor is black, with a classy brown interior. It’s a strict four-seater as the rear bench is separated into two electrically adjustable seats by a control console in the middle. There are also rear entertainment screens integrated into the back of the front seat headrests.
Like other Volkswagens in Malaysia, the Phaeton comes with a five-year unlimited mileage warranty.