• Apr 19th 2006 at 6:35PM
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Volkswagen of America is showing this racy Passat in New York, equipped with an appearance package derived from the Passat R GT concept that debuted at SEMA in November 2005. It seems that the concept got such rave reviews that VW decided to offer the aesthetics portion of package as a factory option, starting this fall.

Priced at $4,500, the VW-installed kit includes redesigned front and rear fascia, a honeycomb grille, side skirts, a "harmonically integrated tailgate lip," new exhaust tips, 18-inch titanium-colored alloy wheels, 225/45 Pirelli high-performance tires, and performance lowering springs. The components will also be available individually from any VW dealership.

Unfortunately, the option package doesn't include the 500 hp twin-turbo 3.2-liter V6 that nestled under the hood of the concept car - that's left up to you and your favorite tuner.

The Passat's aggressive treatment comes to us courtesy of the creative folks at VW's "Moonraker" U.S. project group - the people who dreamed up the GX-3 three-wheeler. Photos of the original SEMA-version R GT after the jump. For a ton of live shots of the production version, check out  VWVortex.com, here.

[Sources: Volkswagen of America; VW Vortex]

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      • 9 Years Ago
      hmmm a "performance" package consisting of side skirts, new wheels, and an exhaust tip...I wonder if they will be crushing this car in their next "Unpimp ze auto" commercial?
      • 9 Years Ago
      Yikes! They added teeth to the Hitler-stache front-end! What's next, a crooked VW logo?
      • 9 Years Ago
      So, all the snarky commercials should go
      "unpimp your auto... unless is passat... then pimp with our $4.5K kit"

      frickin' hypocrites...
      • 9 Years Ago
      I want one, but not with the V6, put the DSG transmission on the 2.0litre turbo motor with 4motion and sell the lot for 32grand out the door. It would be the ultimate sporting Passat. Got to admit it looks great, very aggressive if a little too gaudy. VW's should be understated and 'tasteful'.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Nice lookin' and all but ... WHERE'S THE BEEF???
      • 9 Years Ago
      So if I understand correctly, you're basically paying $4,500 for glorified go faster stripes. Bigger wheels and stiffer suspension are useful (and complementary) as part of a more powerful overall package, but it doesn't appear that that's what this is. I guess they're afraid of moving into S4/RS4 territory...
      • 9 Years Ago
      That car is great !!!
      • 9 Years Ago
      I'm sure the real enthusiasts were looking past the exterior. Hopefully noone bites. Maybe then they will give us something better than this joke.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I like it. It looks good. Little bling from the factory.

      • 9 Years Ago
      WOPTY FRIGGIN DO! German rice.
      • 9 Years Ago
      I like it. But the price? You can find a lot of nice aftermarket kits in the 2,200 to 2,500 range, but then you've got labor and paint if you can't do it yourself, so 4,500? Still sounds high.
      • 9 Years Ago
      It's like a riced-up Passat! $4500 for a bunch of aesthetic mods that make it look faster but not actually go faster...
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