• Nov 15, 2006
UPDATE: More specific info added


Official pics of the Passat R36 have mysteriously appeared on various international auto sites that show the car in full production trim well ahead of its official debut, which is likely to take place in Geneva early next year. And let us be the first to say: hot, hot, hot. Pardon us but we're totally grooving on the Audi R8-like air intakes at the bottom corners of the tweaked front fascia. Yeah, that's right, we said Audi R-like. Clearly the car has new side sills and a new rear skirt to accomodate a pair of large diameter tail pipes. The extra chrome brightwork on the Passat R36 is also a nice touch. Inside the car are deeply bolstered buckets, what appears to be faux stamped aluminum trim, and aluminum pedals. From what we know, the 3.6-liter FSI V6 in this hopped up Passat will produce 296 horsepower that's routed to all four wheels via VW's 4Motion all-wheel drive. Some quick sniks of the DSG transmission should propel the R36, which will be available as either a sedan or wagon, to 60 mph in 5.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 155 mph. Phew, never thought we'd say that about a Passat. The car will reportedly debut at the Essen Motor Show in Germany in early Decemer.

Follow the jump for more pics of the Passat R36.

[Source: Autoweek.nl, LLN]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      I look at it as a poor man's alternative to the Audi RS4. Okay, it's not much of an alternative.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I like it. But for $40K? Meh. The sparkly interior is over the top. Loose the interior bling.

      A fairlry loaded 07 (3.6,sport package, nav) goes for $36.5 MSRP. Add DSG and you got 90% of the R36.

      Anyway, it'll be interesting to see if thye bring this to the states.

      They gotta price it right. Too high and you're in A4 land.
      • 8 Years Ago
      DSG & 350 newton meters. It sounds nice.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This car cannot be taken seriously because of ONE reason. CHROME! You can't have chrome all over a hot-rodded sports sedan! It simply does not go! Do some research VW! What a wasted opportunity!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Just called a dealer...fully loaded G35x would be under 40k...and 36,500 as I would have it equipped [no nav].
      • 8 Years Ago
      I suspect that a loaded one with hit $45k

      And yet the Subaru Legacy can hit 0-60 in 5.2sec, has AWD and costs only $30k - and it has a controll button that you can turn power off for fuel economy

      I guess VW is hitting upstream and the next Acura TL, which will come with the SH-AWD system, but the TL will still only be ~$37k - so a VW with all their reliability issue in my eyes makes for a foolish buy at best
      • 8 Years Ago
      MikeUF

      The fact that you have made 2 mistakes in 2 posts shows you have no clue what you are talking About.

      Passat had a W8 NOT W12

      Passat is in A4/3-Series/C-Class/IS-Series/G-Series Category. NOT A6 League

      A6 is in 5-Series/E-Class/GS-Series/M-Series Category

      2 mistakes in 2 posts shows that you are Ignorant but just like to post

      WISE MEN SPEAK BECAUSE THEY HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY
      FOOLS SPEAK BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO SAY SOMETHING
      • 8 Years Ago
      VW-Guy,

      As the other posters have said, the Legacy and G35x. Both will have higher perceived reliability also.
      • 8 Years Ago
      bring the wagon here! for under $45k!!! please! >_
      • 8 Years Ago
      I would guess more like $45k, plus limited options.

      A loaded up 2007 AWD Passat sedan with the 3.6, according to VW's site, is already in the low $40's.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Maybe VW should not bring this to US because there are way too many people complaing about the 'supposed' price of a car they will never consider buying any ways........

      but on a second note, I hope this Passat R36 crosses the pond and come here so that selected few can enjoy this fast VW. it surely will be a sleeper.


      • 8 Years Ago
      a Passat priced ~$8k over the G35x, especially the '07 coming up, adn priced in line with the 335xi,

      what a mistake this buy would be
      i am betting the car will have 59%:41% front:rear weight distribution, so much for a balanced car!

      and with the VW reliability, VW better be hoping for some miracles
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