Written by Tracy Wilkinson ▼

VW Chairman presents Pope with Phaeton

VW Chairman presents Pope with Phaeton

Pope Benedict XVI has a new Popemobile - in the shape of a Volkswagen Phaeton presented to him by Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, Dr. Bernd Pischetsrieder, as pictured above.

"It is a particular honour for us to have the privilege of providing Pope Benedict XVI with a fitting limousine,’"said Pischetsrieder during the presentation in the Vatican City on Wednesday.

The extended wheelbase version of the Volkswagen Phaeton is finished in black and is powered by a 6.0-litre W12 engine with 450 bhp. The limousine has been specially equipped to meet the comfort, privacy and security requirements of the Holy Father.