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Volkswagen W12 coupe

Volkswagen W12 coupe

Year 2001 prototype
Engine 5889 cc W12
Transmission 6-speed, sequential
Max speed 217 mph
0-60 mph 3.4 seconds
Horsepower 600 bhp @ 7000 rpm
weight 1200 kg, 2646 lbs

The W12 Coupe was an evolution of Volkswagen's W12 Concept launched in 1997. The W12 coupe was shown at the 2001 Tokyo Motorshow.
The W12 Coupe broke the world 24 hour endurance record at the Nardo test track a week before the Tokyo show. An unmodified W12 drove for 24 hours at an average speed of 185.45 mph (295.24 km/h) beating the old record by 7.5 mph (12 km/h ). The total distance covered by the W12 was an impressive 4402.8 miles (7085.7 kilometres) .

The W12 coupe uses a 12 cylinder engine configured in a 'W' arangement, basically it is two V6 engines side by side at a 72 degree angle with a joint crankshaft. This configuration allows the engine to be more compact than a traditional V12.

Unfortunatley Volkswagens stunning W12 coupe was not approved for production and remains shelved, however the 'W' configuartion engine lives on in a comparable supercar, the Bugatti Veyron.

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