• Aug 28, 2006
Mazda owners can't have all the fun can they? Volkswagen's answer is a resounding "Hell no!" And with that, the possibility of an extra-spicy version of their mid-sized, grocery getter is on the table.

AutoExpress reports that an uprated Passat may come to market, equipped with the 3.6-liter V6 found in the R36 and, it's safe to assume, a six-speed manual or DSG feeding power through all four wheels.

When, where and how much is all up in the air, but we'd expect more information before year's end.

[Source: AutoExpress]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Bullseye.
      • 8 Years Ago
      it won't touch the MS6 in price. Then again, it is a German car. We rented a Maza6 for 2 weeks, and my dad has a 2006 Passat 3.6 4motion w/ sport 2. 15k apart, but two.different.worlds. Obviously the MS6 is ludicrously faster, but it's still small, and lacks luxurious materials.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I am guessing that this will be targetted to the Eurpoeam market, since NA already gets the 3.6l V6 280hp with 4motion. The R36 package or R-GT as it is sometime called is already available as an appearance package.
      • 8 Years Ago
      screw the passat, give me the R-GT front and rear for my jetta, I don't care about my grandpa's car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      R-GT treatment for the passat but NOT the jetta... BOOO.

      #17 VW doesn't make a 3 liter v6. VW won't release a bi turbo 3.2l or 3.6l as that would make the passat more powerful then the RS4 and S6... which would make about zero sense in terms of brand strategy and I'm not sure if you've been to a VW sales room but I can assure the typical VW cliental are not going to pay $70,000 for a passat (about what was hinted at the production cost for the R-GT Passat); if you doubt me just google the world "Phaeton".
      • 8 Years Ago
      would be better if it was a 3.2 or even a 3.0 WITH twin turbo !
      • 8 Years Ago
      Oops... I've had four Mazdas, counting the Protege. (Terribly underpowered, but fun.)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Art,
      Isn't your comparison a bit like a yacht versus a speedboat? It depends on which one you're looking for, I guess.... heavy weight/slow versus lightweight/fast, and low versus high price.
      • 8 Years Ago
      What is it with styling "experts" today? They're designing some very weird front grills.
      • 8 Years Ago
      If they can match mazdaspeed6 price which I doubt they can - then they have a winner!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I like Mazdas too... have owned three Miatas so far, with a few mods on each one. But I've owned a bunch of VWs over the years, too, included an 84 Rabbit GTi that I lowered, etc. It was a blast. They started a great thing, with affordable pocket rockets. They just forgot about the middleclass who are trying to raise a family but still want a fun ride to work...
      • 8 Years Ago
      Why the comparison to the MazdaSpeed 6 as if it’s some benchmark in its class? Car & Driver tested five “Everyday Heroes” in February and the MazdaSpeed 6 came in fourth (the Jetta GLI came in first). C&D’s summary of the Mazda was:

      Highs: Power to burn, eager responses, good control layout.

      Lows: Psychotic-vacuum-cleaner exhaust note, low-rent interior, firm ride.

      The Verdict: Long on punch, short on polish.

      Doesn't sound like a car VW should aspire to.
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