• Oct 24th 2006 at 1:01PM
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When VW teamed up the HPA Motorsports last year to create the Passat R GT concept, the automaker from Wolfsburg caused us to stand up and pay attention. What is this, a Passat from VW with street cred? No way! Now we see VW testing this Passat R36 variant at the Nürburgring, and it's hard not to get excited that it is finally giving its midsize sedan some desperately needed edge. With a 280-horsepower V6 powering all four wheels, this Passat will certainly have edge. All we can do now is hope that one day we'll see this high performance Passat on our shores. Follow the Read link for more images, including shots of a wagon version being tested.

[Source: World Car Fans]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      "The body kit is currently available for the Passat in NA as an option that can be added to the 3.6 4Motion"

      which combined with the fact that we can already get the passat with the 280hp v6 (as mentioned a few times already) begs the question 'what is THIS passat then, and why is it running around the ring?'...

      furthermore, can a MKV Rabbit/GTI be spec'ed with the MKV R32's engine? no... you need to buy the R32, the engine is unique to the R branded vehicle within it's little class. The same holds true for the RS4 compared to the S4/A4 and S6 and S8 compared to the A6 and A8. nah, i'll stake my left nut on something else going on here. Renting out the ‘ring just to try a suspension tweak on an engine/ body kit they’ve already had round the ‘ring? I ain’t buying it.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "will be the first 4WD VW sedan from VW ?"

      No, VW's 4mototion has been used on a few Passat's over the years now.

      • 8 Years Ago
      A little harsh on that AutoBlog blow... there are a lot of readers out there that only get to pop in once a day and may have never even seen the photo if it was not for the AB posting up what they have about the car.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Little new here. The current Passat looks much like a BMW to me.
      All it needs is 2 nostrils on the front to complete the copying. The Passat and Jetta are both weak, derivative styles IMO. At least the new Rabbit shows some originality.
      Hard to get excited about VW these days--especially with the company's spotty service record.

      • 8 Years Ago
      Id say something is not correct with their caption. As already mentioned, the Passat can be had with the 3.6L V6 @280hp.
      • 8 Years Ago
      "The current Passat looks much like a BMW to me."

      You know, Lasik is fairly inexpensive and is covered by most insurance companies now.
      • 8 Years Ago
      what makes it special? the suspension and the TRANSMISSION! No more slushy automatic! (I hope) Oh, and the black headliner clearly visible in the pics. And the R steering wheel and seats should be expected too, baby!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Excellent choice by Volkswagen to market their R36 flagship "Passat" as an everyday driver to answer any BMW or Lexus drivers arrogant attitudes about the performance driven product of reasonably priced cars for the daily drive of life not status... As the venerable driver of Volkswagen "Renwagens" I can attest to leaving many BMW & LEXUS drivers looking at my tailights as I fly by their sleds (sedans) on the freeways. Oh Yeah!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Typical sloppy reporting from Autoblog. Why spend time verifying facts when you can toss in an exclamation point and some vague first person plural platitudes?
      • 8 Years Ago
      11. "You know, Lasik is fairly inexpensive and is covered by most insurance companies now."


      Very funny. But I'll stick with glasses and my comment that VW has run out of styling ideas and made its Passat look like a bastardized BMW--at least from the side.

      If you want Lasik, go ahead. But be aware that you might enjoy the following scene while driving at night:

      • 8 Years Ago
      This is mainly news for the European market as they highest output engine available there is a 3.2 VR6, unlike the 3.6 we already get in NA.

      The body kit is currently available for the Passat in NA as an option that can be added to the 3.6 4Motion
      • 8 Years Ago
      If this can sprint from 0 to 62 mph in less than 6 seconds, then the FSI engine is definitely the right choice for this one.
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