Monday, July 6, 2015

2001 Volkswagen W12 Coupé Concept

The W12 Coupé, a production standard design study with a 440k/ 600bhp (at 7,000 rpm) 12-cylinder engine was presented at the 35th Tokyo Motorshow in 2001.

The basic layout of the W12 engine is made up of two very thin V6 four-valve modules which are configured at an angle of 72 degrees wîth a joint crankshaft wîth seven main bearings to make up a V-V arrangement, i.e. a 'W'. The 6L, large twelve-cylinder engine is mid-mounted in this concept vehicle which weighs just 1,200kg. With a top speed of more than 350 km/h and an acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 3.5 seconds, the W12 Coupé was one of the most exclusive and fastest sports cars in the world at that time.

The rear spoiler which automatically extends as of 120 km/h. With a length of 4.55 metres and at more than 1.92 metres wide, the design study W12 Coupé has a very impressive appearance due to its dimensions alone. This is further underlined by the height of the two-seater vehicle - just 1.1 metres.

The design study drafted by Giorgetto Giugiaro and his Italdesign team has been further refined in comparison to its two predecessors (photos below); newly designed headlights and rear lights echo even more strongly the characteristics of the future top class models from Volkswagen.

The sports car, finished in orange pearlescent, has two wing doors that open to the front and roof centre part made of special glass which extends from the windscreen through to the end of the engine compartment. The first glance of the W12 wîth its double V construction can be made through the transparent bonnet.

Leather, aluminium and carbon dominate the design of the new concept for the interior of the W12 Coupé. Seats, fittings and door trims have been finished, for example, wîth a black/grey suede and a colour coded smooth leather. Furthermore, the red aluminium elements in the interior are eye-catchers. ( &

2001 Volkswagen W12 Nardò Concept

In October 2001, a 600hp (450 kW; 610 PS) form of the V12 engine in a prototype of the W12 coupé in the final stages of development set the world speed record of 323 km/h (200.7 mph) at the Nardò Ring in Italy.

1998 Volkswagen W12 Roadster Concept

The "Roadster", a more advanced version of the 1997 W12 Syncro Concept (photos below),
made its debut at the Volkswagen stand at the 1998 Geneva Motor Show.

1997 Volkswagen W12 Syncro Concept

The W12 Syncro prototype was first unveiled at the 1997 Tokyo Motor Show.

(Below) 1997 W12 Syncro Concept & 1998 W12 Roadster Concept

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