Volkswagen isn’t exactly the first car manufacturer that comes to mind when you mention the word ‘supercar’. In fact, VW wouldn’t even be anywhere near the top of a supercar list.

But let me stop you right there. Volkswagen has made a Supercar. It was never put into production, it only the reached concept car stage in its life, but it paved the way for the Bugatti Veyron. One of the worlds most amazing supercars.

The car was called the Nardo W12, it was first launched at the Tokyo motor show in 2001, Although VW had made some other supercars, this was their most powerful yet.

The car had a 6.0L engine W12 engine which produced 591 BHP and 621 N.M of torque and could go from 0-62mph in 3.5 seconds which was rapid for those days. The car had a top speed of 221.8 MPH making it one of the fastest cars in the world at the time.

When Volkswagen took the car to the Nardo test track they ran it for 24 hours straight where it covered a staggering 4,815 miles at an average speed of 200.6MPH. this smashed five world records, twelve class records and the world 24-hour record which had only been set four months earlier

Over the years the car has appeared in some computer games such as Forza and Gran Turismo however, the car only made it to a concept car stage and was never released which was a real shame. The Nardo had real potential to be a full on Hypercar. But it paved the way for the Veyron…so I can’t really complain

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