VW has rolled out the red carpet treatment via its Phaeton. The standard fare list includes an assortment of items that often fail to make the options list on other sedans. You’ll find Phaeton’s package includes permanent all wheel drive, a 4-corner adjustable air suspension system, 7-inch color center dashboard screen to interface with a variety of in-vehicle functions (including a CD-based navigation system), power rear window sunshade, and manual side window shades. The new for 2005 list makes the “soft close” feature standard. (When a door isn’t completely shut, the system automatically handles the labor duties.) Other 2005 specific changes include two new interior wood trim color choices as well as a slightly altered front grille appearance.

The Phaeton V8 (there’s a monster 12-cylinder Phaeton, too) doesn’t skimp on the power factor with 335 horsepower at 6500 rpm and 317 pounds-feet torque at 3500 rpm. That’s a mighty strong 4.2-liter engine, and it’s matched to a six-speed automatic transmission. The ride is always silky smooth, and the view is always just right thanks to 18-way power adjust driver’s seat and a 16-way power adjust passenger seat. Both front seats are ventilated for air conditioning and heating. Front seats also have power massage and lumbar support. Mile per gallon estimates on the 4-door luxury laden sedan are 16 city/22 highway. MSRP of the Phaeton V8 is $66,950.