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Volkswagen Passats for the Herndon Police Department – Click above for high-res image gallery

There's been a long tradition of automakers giving cars to the police departments in whatever municipalities they have facilities in and Volkswagen is no different. Now that Volkswagen of America has moved its headquarters from Michigan to Virginia, the Herndon police department has received a pair of new Passats – a modified sedan and wagon for use by the local constabulary.

The standard 2.0-liter TSI (turbocharged and direct injected) inline-four has been beefed up for its new role, raising output from 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet to 250 hp and 299 lb-ft. The four-cylinder police vehicles get the larger brakes from the 3.6-liter V6 versions, as well as 18-inch wheels with Pirelli performance tires. FMS Automotive built special enclosures for the communications equipment to make it look like a standard Passat. Volkswagen has not given any indication whether it plans to get into the regular police vehicle market when the new U.S.-built Passat arrives next year, but we're guessing that it's going to take a pass on trying to corner the cop-car market.


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Modified Passat and Passat Wagon Emergency Response Vehicles to Enter Service

HERNDON, Va., June 3, 2010 - Volkswagen of America, Inc. today presented the Town of Herndon, Va. with two police vehicles, providing local authorities additional tools to help keep residents safe.

Volkswagen of America Chief Operating Officer Mark Barnes handed over the keys to the cars to Herndon Mayor Steve DeBenedittis at a special presentation ceremony held at the Depot Main Stage tonight.

"At Volkswagen, we take tremendous pride in the quality and value we put into each and every vehicle that comes out of our plants. We strive to be the best at what we do. Our neighbors at the Herndon Police Department share these values. That's why we are proud to be able to provide them with two outstanding vehicles that deliver the kind of performance they need to do the job right and with style," Barnes said.

"We appreciate the work that Volkswagen has put into these two vehicles. They will go a long way toward helping our police department to do an even better job of patrolling our neighborhoods and protecting our citizens," Mayor DeBenedittis said.

Engineers and designers overhauled the Passat and Passat Wagon to feature serious upgrades. Outside the Emergency Response Vehicles (E.R.V.) Concept, a Hi-Def body styling package and spoilers create a stylish and imposing presence. FMS Automotive added painted accents combine to create a custom two-tone matte black-on-black paint work.

On the inside, custom components and calibration, APR LLC raised engine performance levels in this already potent 2.0L TSI four-cylinder engine, help back up the performance look on the outside. The engine achieves a reported road-pounding 250 hp and 299 lbs. ft. of torque. Also included in the package is an APR-engineered carbon-fiber cold air intake and automatic transmission.

Holding the E.R.V. Concept to the pavement are 235/40 R18 Pirelli High Performance All-Season tires mounted over Volkswagen's own 18-inch Velos alloy wheels in custom matte black finish. For added stopping power, the Passat Wagon E.R.V. Concept was upgraded with Passat 3.6L brake pads and 345 x 30 mm rotors. H&R Special Springs LP helps ensure this Passat can handle its newfound performance and extra cargo with their built-to-order, Law Enforcement specification coil over suspension.

The interior features everything needed for Community Policing activities. FMS Automotive magicians expertly created custom-built enclosures and mounts, to hold all the communications and emergency lighting gear in place. Unless the lights and sirens are blaring, you would think this is just another Euro-tuned Passat Wagon, not a high-performance Community Service vehicle.

Volkswagen of America, Inc.

Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. 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 Eos, Golf, New Beetle, New Beetle convertible, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, Passat Wagon, CC, Tiguan, Touareg and Routan through approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers. All 2010 Volkswagens come standard-equipped with Electronic Stabilization Program. This is important because the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has called ESC the most effective new vehicle safety technology since the safety belt. Visit Volkswagen of America online at www.vw.com or www.media.vw.com to learn more.

The Town of Herndon

The Town of Herndon was incorporated by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia on January 14, 1879. Located in western Fairfax County, Herndon is the 3rd largest town in the Commonwealth and is home to more than 23,000 citizens. Businesses located within the Town of Herndon, which range from high tech enterprises to entrepreneurially-owned establishments, employ approximately 25,000 people. Business Week Magazine has named Herndon one of the nation's "Best Affordable Suburbs," and Money Magazine has ranked Herndon among its "Best Places for the Rich and Single."

For more information, visit the town's Web site at www.herndon-va.gov

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Well, it's the most used car for police duty in Germany, so...

      And the German cops never go on patrol on their own, there's always two of'em in one car. I guess we'll have to see if they're suitable for American duty.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm no fan of VW but finally a police force in the US got a serious and a modern car.

      Let's face it, Crown Victoria is a cab not a police car, it might have the raw power but other than that it's a laughing stock of police cars. It's nimble as slough, corners like a cathedral and, as Mr. Roadrage pointed out above, it's cramped for it's size.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually, it's seriously lacking on power, too. But, it's extremely durable and cheap to maintain. The way that US cops usually perform pursuit, a body on frame car with a live rear axle tends to work best.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Sorry to burst your bubble kiddo, but I have a '98 P71 that seems to never top out.

        The Crown Victoria can not only catch the little Volkswagen, but it can push plus sized trucks (and the little Volkswagen when it catches it) off of the road with ease... and with absolutely no body damage. I'd like to see the Volkswagen do that with a Chevrolet 2500 or a Dodge Ram. Besides that, it's more roomy than any little volkswagen, and I would wager my life savings on the fact that the Crown Victoria would outlast ANY foreign vehicle (such as the Volkswagens of your tales) under abuse. I don't see heavily abused Volkswagens lasting that long... that little engine works so hard to move that car, and to produce the numbers they *say* they do (put it on a dyno and get real numbers) that it burns itself out before 100,000mi because of the stress.

        The P71 is no joke. I have yet to see a little Volkswagen outrun mine... and I would know, my commute takes me on RT44 every day, and there are tons of young kids out there that have these cars (of which mother dearest and father purchased for them I am assuming), who drive like total maniacs. Somehow they never can get up the power to pass...

        Everyone with a little car has something to prove for some god-awful reason.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Who cares, about half the cops in the US are stupid anyway most of them are just looking for that feather in their cap LOL. I am glad I took action on some dumb-ass cops and won my lawsuit, now I live very well thanks to the taxpayers, LMFAO
      • 5 Years Ago
      Does the modified engine meet Virginia Emissions?
      If so are they going to make the package available to the average consumer without voiding the warranty?
      If not are they going to pay the ticket?
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's really funny for someone from Germany to read some of those comments. In Germany and several other EU Countries the Passat is the most common patrol car and one of the most selled cars in the company-history. It's works whenever you need it. It's a US-specific "mystery" that everything needs to have more HP than someone else has. With our Passats with 170 HP we drive without any problem 140 mph on the famous german "Autobahn" and we don't have a problem starting from 0- to Vmax for example after stopping at a junction during a emergency call.

      They even work fire as cars for emergency-doctors here. Stuffed with materials up to the weight-limit. And still with enough engine reserves to run through the city or the next accident on the highways with top speed. We had the chance to drive with Chevy Caprice and Lumina from the US-MP here in Germany and we were really shocked. It was a little like sitting on a couch with an engine and a steering like a old rusty mule.

      So it's always a point of view what you think of a car. But sometimes I think even for US-Citizens it would be to see that times a changing und that you never ever need 500 HP or something for a patrol car. In Germany we say "Use Brain, not HP" ;)

      And by the way that's not because we don't have cars with a lot of HP. There are several series from every German manufacturer (Mercedes/AMG, BMW/Alpina..) that have been tested and the result was that there is no need for such big engines or HP.
      We have since two years two Porsche Cayenne here as cars for the emergency doctor and for the next ones switching to smaller engines because we have seen that even with the small engines we reach the speed limit 175 mph (restricted by the insurance ;) ) without any problem.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cops, used to drive solid rear axle 2 ton behemoths, are going to have rude surprises with an independent suspension and front wheel drive. The car goes where it is steered, not where it is aimed. And if you spin the driving wheels, you don't make donuts, you go straight ahead. Some larnin' ahead dere...
      • 5 Years Ago
      How about a Phaeton police car????
      • 5 Years Ago
      So the DSG transmission can handle over 250ft-lbs of input torque?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yeah, I noticed that as well. I wasn't aware that the 2010+ Passats and CC's were now DSG. Was kind of confusing because the VW website mentions both DSG and Tiptronic automatic under the same specs for the Passat.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Passat doesn't come with DSG in the US, our Passat has the Tiptronic automatic. Overseas you can get them though.

        But, more to your point, absolutely. There have been numerous tuners that have produced power upgrades for DSG equipped cars and have not touched the transmission. It's just VW's guidelines that have a 258lb-ft limit on the DSG, in reality they have been shown to handle much more.

        Then you also have tuners like HPA which put out 550+HP cars with DSG transmissions that have been modified with better clutch packs and modified electronics.


        • 5 Years Ago
        VW USA changed from planetary 6 speed auto, to DSG

        I always thought that 350 meter newtons, 258ft-lbs was the 'safe' limit.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The only reason why they are doing this is for the Herndon Festival, of which they are a title sponsor.

      It is to make them look good and their HQ is located in Herndon.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ knightuc1992

        Are you saying it wasn't a publicity/marketing stunt?

        The vehicles were awarded during the Herndon Festival where there were literally tens of thousands of people. Herndon isn't a small town, and many people do attend the event from outside of Herndon as well. Let's not forget that they are a TITLE sponsor as well.

        If that isn't a publicity stunt, I don't know what is.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Epyx

        Sadly, it sounds like it is.

        Drive down Elden St. and there are/were VW logos all over the place for the festival. The Herndon Festival was last week, June 2nd-5th. I work in Dulles, VA which is less than 5 minutes away from Herndon.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Really, this is just a marketing stunt? Say it isnt so.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ jrhmobile

        No, I work right off of Rt. 28 and down 606.
        • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm curious as to why they decided to flash a 2.0T to get 250HP instead of just using the stock 3.6 V6 which is good for 280? The 2.0T might get a couple mpg better, but that's likely negated by the tune.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well, if it's a US-spec Passat they got, they wouldn't have the 3.6L option any longer. The current Passat can only be had with the 2.0T and FWD.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Because it's cheaper for them to do an APR flash (which it almost certainly is in this case) than pay for the more expensive motor. Plus, fuel economy etc. etc.
      • 5 Years Ago
      (Lives in Northern VA)

      Nooooo now I have to be on look out for non-American police cars? VA Cops are already sneaky enough
        • 5 Years Ago
        i'm with you on that one. i live right around the corner from the VW offices in herndon. fairfax county has enough unmarked, other makes already the herndon police don't need some too.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Cars of that size, or smaller, work just fine in the rest of the world. Why do you need a monstrous juggernaut just to ferry about a cop or two? In any case, having ridden in a Crown Victoria taxi, I'd say the Passat doesn't have that much less room. The Ford had all the space efficiency of a pre-war car.
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