Few automakers can produce the kind of sports sedans that the Germans do. And for most of the country's automakers, those performance vehicles can be recognized by one letter (or a combination of a few): M for BMW, RS for Audi, AMG for Mercedes-Benz... and R for Volkswagen. The relatively new performance division at Wolfsburg has now gotten its hands on the Passat, and these are the results.

Well, almost, but not quite. You see, this isn't a full-on R performance variant, but an R-Line model that gives the midsize sedan (and wagon) a sportier look and an upgraded suspension, but without the engine mods you'd expect to come with it.

It also isn't the same Passat as the one we get here. Ours is made in America (Chatanooga, Tennessee, to be specific). This is based on the European model, and as such is available (in Europe, anyway) in both sedan and wagon form. In either body-style, the Passat R-Line includes a new aero kit (complete with sportier bumpers front and rear, side skirts, rear diffuser and deck-lid spoiler), 17-inch alloys, a sport-tuned suspension and a cabin decked out with sports seats, stainless steel trim and a flat-bottomed steering wheel.

The R-Line model stands as a separate trim level atop the Passat range – selling for €30,225 in Germany (equivalent to about $39k) – but buyers of the Comfortline and Highline trim levels can also specify the aero kit for an extra €990 (~$1,300). Check it out in the high-res image gallery for a closer look.


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      lpattis
      • 2 Years Ago
      Please bring the AWD Passat wagon back to the States! Please.
      Albert Ferrer
      • 2 Years Ago
      And thank god other car makers are trying "to make Audis". One car maker making Audis is more than enough to bear. Audis aren't sports saloons. They are just overpriced poser-mobiles for people who don't understand cars. On the other hand, there's life outside Germany. Like Alfa Romeo or Jaguar for instance.
      Autoblogist
      • 2 Years Ago
      Still looks like a bloated, wallowy Passat. The previous Passat and R kit was way better.
      futuramautoblog
      • 2 Years Ago
      Meh~~~~
      • 2 Years Ago
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        mr.vw
        • 2 Years Ago
        One thing vw wagon has over the BMW wagon. People won't look at you like you're stuck up snob.
      MiddleClassMotoring
      • 2 Years Ago
      Now, I would actually consider buying the Passat if it looked like that over here...
        Spies1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MiddleClassMotoring
        Except for the new corporate grill, that IS what the Passat looked like in the USA.
      SloopJohnB
      • 2 Years Ago
      It sux to have automakers prostituting their hard-won sport credentials on mundane wheels....BMW trading their M-class cars for M-line, Audi trading their S-class cars for S-line, etc. What's next...AMG-line Mercedes with AMG wheels but not AMG-brakes and AMG-motors, transmissions? Oh, yeah, forgot, Mercedes has already done it. Still, an M3 is an M3 even if it's a big fat E92 pigita.
        ThomasP
        • 2 Years Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        At first I sort of aggreed with you. But then I thought... why the heck not?!?! It's their brand! Not everyone can afford an M3 or RS4 but they might want some sweet wheels and maybe some of the body mods, why the heck not?!? If someones willing to pay, WHY NOT?!
      jonnybimmer
      • 2 Years Ago
      Man, nevermind the Golf R, I'll take that Passat R Line Wagon! In some ways, I even prefer it's styling over some Audi models, perhaps due to it's more chiseled appearance (RS6 Avant still easily tops my cargo hauler list though).
      ThomasP
      • 2 Years Ago
      NB4 people wondering why they won't sell this in the US.
      mr.vw
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd order one especially if it's german built.
      KAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      I really like those front seats
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