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W12 cranks out 600 horses

German makers like to use Tokyo to spring a monster surprise or two, and this year was no exception. Volkswagen AG showed this supercar concept, the W12 Coupe, as a possible challenger to Ferrari and Lamborghini.

Powered by a 600-hp W-12 engine, the low-slung two-seater features doors that open upward, much like a Lamborghini Diablo. The engine is mounted behind the seats and can be seen through a clear plexiglass cover. A detuned version of the W-12 engine is slated for the upcoming D1 luxury sedan, and a shortened V-8 version will be used in that car as well as the upcoming VW sport-utility.

The engine is unique. The cylinders are offset instead of inline, which dramatically reduces the length of the engine. The W-12 engine is no longer than a small V-8 and about as wide. The W12 Coupe goes from 0 to 60 mph in about 4 seconds and has a top speed, VW says, of about 220 mph.

You can reach Richard Truett at rtruett@crain.com

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