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A Phaeton For The Pope


A Phaeton for the Pope

A Phaeton for the Pope

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His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI is about to take delivery of a Volkswagen Phaeton for his next Pope Mobile. The model in particular will be a black long-wheelbase version complete with a 450hp 6.0L W12 engine, which has been modified for comfort, privacy and security. This is just another vehicle to add to the list of high-end metal that has joined the Pontiff’s collection, an assortment that could easily rival the garage of any rapper.

Previously, rivals BMW and Audi fought over who would have the official limousine for the Pope during his recent visit to Bavaria, and a compromise had to be made. This time 'round its Vdub in da haus, as the Pope is going with the people’s car.
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  1. Very interesting.

    The VW badge may make it look humble, but that car is not humble at all. Very catholic indeed.
     
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  2. They might as well start giving those Phaetons away. Nobody wants them. I wonder how much money VW had to pay the Vatican to displace Mercedes-Benz as the Pope's chief road-going transport.
     
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  3. Worldwide sales for the Phaeton have been pretty bad, but they're certainly improving outside NA. Take a look at this thread: http://forums.vwvortex.com/zerothread?id=2486694

    Also, since the Phaeton shares it platform with the Conti GT, Flying Spur, and A8, it's not a horribly expensive car for VW to continue producing.
     
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  4. Not sure what you mean about a car being humble. The Pope certainly needs and deserves all the comfort and security that any head of a leading nation would. What's the Holy Father supposed to do, drive around in a 1970 Impala? Also, "the people" do not pay for any of the personal vehicles of the pope, they are donated to him by the auto manufacturer. As you did not capitalize catholic, I assume that's a pun on "people's car"....
     
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