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Click above for high-res gallery of the Super CC Performance Concept

The year's SEMA is as much about economical performance as it is about out-and-out performance. VW threw its hat Passat CC in the latter ring with the Super CC Performance Concept, created by the VW Design Center with the aid of APR, Recaro, H&R, and Brembo. The Super CC gets a grey pearl coat and blacked-out chrome, and pinstripe graphics from the hood to the rear spoiler that actually looks tasty in person.

Under the hood is the 2.0-liter TSI with a 3-stage APR turbo delivering Eco Mode (222 hp, 236 lb-ft.), GT Mode (252 hp, 268 lb-ft.) and Full Power Mode (311 hp, 313 lb-ft.). In Eco Mode, the car still get 33 mpg on the autoroute and 27 in the city. Inside, you sit on black Recaros with white piping. The car sits on wheels we're going to call Walter Paytons, because they are pure sweetness. Hiding behind those wheels are white Brembo calipers that will be torturous to keep clean, but they'll look the business after a wash. And those door handles, mounted low on the door of a dropped car, come up to our knees. Check it all out in the press release after the jump and the gallery of high-res images below.

UPDATE: Gallery of official high-res pics added.


311 HP Super CC ups the performance ante in luxury for the people

LAS VEGAS – Powerful performance meets luxury in the Super CC performance concept Volkswagen unveiled at the 2008 SEMA show in Las Vegas.

The Performance CC brings a sleek exterior treatment highlighted by black chrome exterior accents, grey pearl paint with custom front and rear bumper, side panels and machined aluminum spoiler. The black treatment continues inside with high-gloss piano black accents offset by matte black graphics. Customer black leather Recaro seats and matching floor mats are highlighted with white piping.

While the Performance CC looks striking, the upgrades will get hearts racing, the 2.0L TSI engine has been upgraded with an APR stage 3 turbocharger system with three performance levels. In Full Power mode the Performance CC brings 311 hp and 313 lbs. ft. torque; GT mode offers 252 hp and 268 lbs. ft. of torque; and in the Eco mode 222 hp and 236 lbs. ft. of torque. Also included is the APR stainless steel performance exhaust system. Key fact to take note of is that in the Eco performance mode, horsepower went up, as well as fuel economy. A production 2.0T CC automatic gets 28 hwy/19 city and our CC in Eco mode gets 33 hwy, 27 city. Even the full power mode showed a fuel economy increase!

The Performance CC sits on custom designed 10-spoke, 20-inch wheels and high performance 245/30 R20 Yokahama tires with an H&R street coil over sport suspension kit. With all this power to handle, Volkswagen has upgraded the brakes to provide extra power to stop. The Performance CC features 14-inch Brembo brakes with 4-piston Aluminum Alloy Brake Calipers and 355x32mm 2-Piece Floating Cross Drilled Discs with Billet Aluminum Hats.

The Performance CC was designed by the Volkswagen Design Center in California with assistance from APR, LLC (www.goapr.com), Recaro, H&R Suspension and Brembo North America.

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Volkswagen of America, Inc. recently announced Electronic Stability Program (ESP) as standard equipment on all its 2009 vehicles. As a result, Volkswagen is one of the only original equipment manufacturers to offer an electronic stability control system on their entire product line – ahead of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) deadline requiring vehicles in the 2012 model year to include stability control systems. Volkswagen's ESP technology works in conjunction with anti-lock brakes and helps reduce loss of control.
Founded in 1955, Volkswagen Group of America is headquartered in Herndon, Va. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. Volkswagen is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. Volkswagen sells the Rabbit, New Beetle, New Beetle convertible, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, GLI, Passat, Passat Wagon, CC, Eos, Routan, Tiguan and Touareg through approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at vw.com.

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      • 6 Years Ago
      By the way you worded your article you make it sound like the door handles were modified to sit lower on the door. That's the normal position for the door handle on all CC's.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think the CC is generally an attractive car, but I don't like a single thing they did to it for the SEMA car. The decal on the hood is just plain weird. The wheels are overly large and ugly. The interior is ugly. Even the paint color is ugly.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Put this in the dealership already!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I can't wait for the sedan version. The car looks nice, I'd just like to see more roof and more bulk in the trunk area. Otrherwise, a very nice car starting around $26k I believe.
      • 6 Years Ago
      cool car!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Now that is classy...this is how mods should be done in my opinion.

      Don't need to have "26" inch rims to personalize a car
        • 6 Years Ago
        19"s will do just fine
      • 6 Years Ago
      Color me impressed. Is the 27/33 on premium? I would presume so. Those wheels are pretty funky. Overall, I don't love the color, but I like the car itself.
      • 6 Years Ago
      • 6 Years Ago
      I realize cars are designed to a budget, but what does it say about your powertrain engineering when an aftermarket company gets better power AND fuel economy? Aren't you basically admitting that in an era of higher fuel prices, you didn't give it your best effort?

      (and I'm a VW fan . . . )
        • 6 Years Ago
        really? Apr adds thousands of dollars worth of parts including a bigger turbo and ur curious why VW is being lazy? I'm sure if the didn't want to worry about warrantying their turbos and didn't mind the base price being well above 35k they'd do it. News flash tuners always get better results because they're not insuring the turbo ( and I'm a apr tuned vw owning fan )
      • 6 Years Ago
      That car is hot
      • 6 Years Ago
      I saw a CC yesterday. Damn good looking cars. Adding rims really makes the car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Really nice looking car. Too bad VW's have such a horrible reputation for reliability and durability.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You got that right. Worse than Jeep, worse than Saturn. It's worse than all the favorite whipping boys including Chevrolet, Dodge and Chrysler. By the way, Scion is worse than the second list as well. :)

        • 6 Years Ago
        They wouldn't be so bad if their electronics wouldn't go kaput, at least this has been my case with a cabrio and an old 80s rabbit.
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