As part of its 2013 Detroit Auto Show debut package, Volkswagen has rolled out a sportier version of the Passat sedan, though it's strictly conceptual for now. A small dose of go-fast visuals have been added to the handsome Volkswagen, including 19-inch wheels, carbon-capped mirrors, an advanced front lighting system, LED taillamps and dual exhaust. Some carbon bits and upgraded leather are found inside the cabin, as well.

But the real performance chops come in the form of a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that sends 250 horsepower to the Passat's front wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. That's a good boost in power over the 170 hp of the base 2.5-liter inline-five, but not quite as potent as the 3.6-liter VR6. A lowered sport suspension and revised electronic steering are also on hand, making things slightly more involving out on the road... we assume.

It's not quite the performance concept we were hoping for, but a more enthusiastic Passat isn't necessarily a bad thing. Scroll down for the press release.
Show full PR text
GLOBAL DEBUT OF VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT PERFORMANCE CONCEPT AT 2013 NORTH AMERICAN INTERNATIONAL AUTO SHOW

- All-new 1.8 TSI engine delivers 250 horsepower and gives a sneak-peek at upcoming sport sedan
- Bi-Xenon-Headlights with Advanced Front Lighting System (AFS) and LED taillights
- Carbon-style detailing inside and out


Herndon, VA - 2012 will go down in the Volkswagen Passat's history as its best sales year ever, with 117,023 units sold of the designed-for-America, Chattanooga-built family sedan. In an exercise to hint at Volkswagen's efforts to explore this practical four-door's sportier side, Volkswagen will unveil the Passat Performance Concept at the 2013 North American International Auto Show® in Detroit.

The most notable alteration in this concept isn't something you'd see right away-it's under the hood. The Passat Performance Concept features a unique modification of the Volkswagen EA888 1.8 liter turbocharged and direct-injected TSI® four-cylinder engine, which delivers 250 horsepower (184 kW) and is matched to a six-speed automatic transmission. In its existing form, this engine is already available-and popular-among the European and Asian markets.

The Passat Performance Concept further differentiates itself from the regular Passat with a dual exhaust, 19-inch "Luxor" alloy wheels, Bi-Xenon headlights including Advanced Front Lighting System (AFS) and LED taillights and carbon applications on its mirror caps. Inside, carbon-like touches dominate the dashboard, matching the carbon-style inserts on two-color leather seating surfaces and complementing the black headliner and side pillars. A lowered sport suspension and electro-mechanical steering enhance the handling.


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 40 Comments
      Jerry
      • 1 Year Ago
      Kinda like getting a blender with "turbo mode"
      david.hearn
      • 1 Year Ago
      While I wouldn't call it the worst concept ever, it seems like a really lazy effort on VW's part.
      leo
      • 1 Year Ago
      here is the new peak of boring
      Jerry
      • 1 Year Ago
      Zzzzzzzz
      Karfreek
      • 1 Year Ago
      Performance model with no Stick shift? They even have all the parts in the parts bin.
      carguy1701
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like the headlights. Not feeling the wheels, though.
        WLM86
        • 1 Year Ago
        @carguy1701
        They look semi-geriatric to me. LIke something you'd find on the last-gen Avalon.
          carguy1701
          • 1 Year Ago
          @WLM86
          I prefer the 18-inchers from the VR6 and TDI SEL trims, honestly. Clean, simple 5-spoke design.
      Mr. Sled
      • 1 Year Ago
      Front end needs a refresh.
      Basil Exposition
      • 1 Year Ago
      Snoozefest
      CarCrazy24
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope they finally add HID headlights on this concept to the updated Passat, it should have had those from the start.
      The Wasp
      • 1 Year Ago
      Worst. Concept. Car. Ever.
      Joe Carter
      • 1 Year Ago
      I went to a local car show this past Friday and stumbled upon a representative from Volkswagen. He made sure my friend and I knew how much he prides himself on knowing about other auto companies. We were having a fantastic conversation about the current vehicles offered these days. He certainly was proud that you can slam the door on a VW as hard as you want without breaking anything. Later on, after talking about the Focus RS compared to a Golf GTI and discussing the High HP domestics, he then decided to bash the SRT8 Camaro. Up until this point, everything the man had said seemed pretty credible. In one sentence, he ruined it.
        OptimusPrimeRib
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Joe Carter
        I had to reread the part SRT8 Camaro. That's pretty bad. That's like saying BMW AMG 63.
      OptimusPrimeRib
      • 1 Year Ago
      The fact that the Camry has more style than this is troubling.
    • Load More Comments