2014 VW Passat Sport

Think back to last year's Detroit Auto Show, and you'll recall Volkswagen quietly introduced a spruced-up version of its midsize sedan, very plainly dubbed the Passat Performance Concept. This show car featured things like 19-inch wheels, carbon accents, an advanced front lighting system and – most importantly – a boosted version of the company's 1.8-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine, tuned to produce a healthy 250 horsepower.

Now, what you see here is the just-announced-for-production 2014 Passat Sport. And while it takes many of its cues directly from that concept car, we're kind of bummed. Sure, the new 19-inch Luxor wheels look cool, as do the black mirror caps and contrasting black roof, but it's the performance part of the concept's equation that's missing. (The neat front lighting system has been axed, too.)

Power still comes from the VW's 1.8-liter turbo-four, but it's rated at the same 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque as the standard car, available with either a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. Other upgrades for the Sport model include a rear spoiler, foglamps, sport comfort seats, carbon trim accents, sport pedals, stainless steel door sills, unique floor mats and the addition of paddle shifters on automatic-equipped models.

Pricing starts at $26,475 for the Passat Sport with a six-speed manual, *not including $820 for destination. Want the automatic? That'll be an extra $1,200. Scroll down for Volkswagen's official release.
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VOLKSWAGEN ANNOUNCES PRICING FOR 2014 PASSAT SPORT

- Black roof, black mirror caps, sport seats and interior carbon trim add to Sport's unique look
- Available with new EA888 Gen 3 1.8-liter turbocharged and direct-injected four-cylinder engine
- Will arrive in showrooms in early 2014
- Starts at $28,495 with a six-speed automatic transmission

Herndon, VA - Volkswagen of America, Inc., announced today that it will offer a production version of the Passat Performance Concept shown at the 2013 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS): the Passat Sport. Joining the Passat line-up between the mid-level SE and the range-topping SEL Premium trims, the 2014 Volkswagen Passat Sport takes a number of design cues from the concept car to offer an athletic-leaning take on the award-winning sedan.

Specifically, the Passat Sport features 19-inch Luxor wheels, a rear spoiler, foglights, a unique interior with sport comfort seats, carbon trim accents, aluminum sport pedals, paddle shifters (automatic transmission only), stainless steel door sills, and Sport-specific floor mats. Three exterior colors are available for the Sport: Urano Gray (an exclusive color for this model), Candy White, and Tungsten Silver. Candy White and Tungsten Silver are accompanied by a black roof and black mirror caps, as seen on the concept car.

These features are in addition to those already offered on the mid-level SE trim, which includes Volkswagen Car-Net™, the Premium VIII touchscreen sound system with HD Radio™, automatic headlights, rearview camera, heatable front seats and leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel with audio and phone controls.

The Passat Sport is available with Volkswagen's new 1.8-liter EA888 Gen 3 turbocharged and direct-injection four-cylinder engine, which offers 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. The 1.8-liter can be matched to a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.

The 2014 Passat Sport is priced starting at $27,295 with the manual transmission (including $820 destination and handling), and will go on sale in early 2014.

About Volkswagen of America, Inc.

Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA's operations in the United States include research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world's largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. VWoA sells the Beetle, Eos, Golf, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, CC, Tiguan, Touareg, and Routan vehicles through approximately 630 independent U.S. dealers.