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The Volkswagen W12 Coupe (also known as the Volkswagen Nardò, with reference to the Nardò Ring vehicle test track, near to the Italian city of Nardò) was a concept car created by Volkswagen Passenger Cars in 1997. The car is portrayed in Gran Turismo series.

Initial conception

.At the request of then Volkswagen Group CEO Ferdinand Piech, Giorgetto Giugiaro and his Italdesign team was tasked to design a Volkswagen sports car, with instructions that it had to accommodate a 12 cylinder engine in a W configuration, be mid-engined, and also be able to be configured with Volkwagen's Syncro four-wheel drive system.

Another reason for its conception was to prove to the world that Volkswagen Group can build a supercar and can build a large and reliable engine for its luxury cars and sports cars, including their popular lineup of their cars, Volkswagen Phaeton, and its sport utility vehicle, the Volkswagen Touareg.

The concepts

1997 W12 Syncro

In 1997, at the Tokyo Motor Show Volkswagen debuted their first sports car concept, a bright yellow W12 Syncro (also known as the W12 Syncro Coupé) with a 5.6 litre W12 engine producing with Syncro four-wheel drive. It, and the W12 concepts after it, were all designed by the Italdesign firm in Italy.

  • length: 4400 mm
  • width: 1920 mm
  • height: 1100 mm
  • wheelbase: 2530 mm
  • front track: 1620 mm
  • rear track: 1600 mm
  • front overhang: 1000 mm
  • rear overhang:......
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