Volkswagen showcased the latest evolution of their W12 Concept launched in 1997 and 1998 at the 2001 Tokyo Motorshow. This third phase evolution is very close to being production ready.
Performance and Features
The W12 Coupe showed its strength at the Nardo test track a week before the Tokyo show where an unmodified W12 broke the world 24 hour endurance record. The 24 hours were covered with an average speed of 185.45 mph breaking the old record by 17.5 mph. The total distance covered was 4402.8 miles.
The Volkswagen W12 engine is made up of two very thin V6 four-valve modules which are configured at an angle of 72 degrees with a joint crankshaft with seven main bearings to make up a V-V arrangement, i.e. a W. The cylinder angle is just 15 degrees Within the two V6 banks. This makes the construction, which is very compact in comparison to V12 engines, possible. A modified version of the W12 engine will also power Volkwagen’s upcoming luxury sedan.