Output from the 6.5-litre engine obviously remains the same at 515 kW (700 hp) and 690 Nm but, as with various cars in the Volkswagen Group, it now features a start/stop system – that can operate within 180 milliseconds – and a Cylinder Deactivation System (CDS). When that hefty V12 is under low load at speeds below 135 km/h, the CDS deactivates one bank of cylinders, effectively turning the engine into an inline six. But once the throttle is given a healthy prod, everything returns to normal. The result is a seven percent improvement in average fuel consumption at 16 l/100 km, and a drop in CO2 emissions from 398 g/km to 370 g/km.
Visually, the refreshed version can be specified with new Dione design forged alloy wheels, while an optional carbon fibre package includes a front spoiler, engine cover panel, air intakes, powertrain cladding and interior trim elements. Finally, stiffened springs and optimized dampers improve handling and provide greater ride comfort for the occupants.