On 23 February 2002, a W12 coupé took the world record for all speed classes over 24 hours over the Nardò high-speed circuit (Lecce), covering a distance of 7740.576 km at an average speed of 322.891 km/h.
Volkswagen's aims were to analyse the general potential of the chassis and mechanical configuration, but above all the level of sturdiness and reliability of a 12 cylinder engine (with capacity and power increased to 5998 cc and 600 hp compared to the Syncro and Roadster models) with an extraordinary low weight: just 239 kg.

THE RECORDS
24 hours: 322.891 km/h
 6 hours: 325.584 km/h
12 hours: 324.876 km/h
1000 miles: 325.863 km/h
5000 miles: 323.039 km/h
5000 km: 324.850 km/h
1 hour: 328.16 km/h
100 km: 322.464 km/h
100 miles: 325.593 km/h
500 km: 324.672 km/h
500 miles: 327.39 km/h
1000 km: 325.28 km/h

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