DRESDEN – Our much ballyhooed, super-lux Volkswagen Phaeton awaits at Dresden's small airport. There is no traditional folded map to follow. Instead, there is satellite navigation. Time is short. The dashboard-mounted key is turned. Nothing. Only after looking at the rev counter, needle fixed at a constant 640 rpm, does it become apparent the engine is alive – so hushed, the car’s 414-hp W-12 engine can’t be heard when the cabin doors and double-glazed windows are closed. ...

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