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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- 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.

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      • 11 Months Ago
      This is badge engineering at its worst and VW is becoming notorious for doing this recently...VW thinks its customers are stupid to believe that a few cosmetic add-ons makes this a "Sport" about increased power to 235 HP, stiffened suspension, etc., etc., etc.,..
      • 11 Months Ago
      Accord Sport vs Passat Sport. Go. Accord is almost $3K cheaper. Passat has leather(ette?) to Accord's cloth (if leatherette). Passat 170 hp, 184 180 lb/ft. Accord 189 hp, 182 lb/ft. Accord manual is 6-speeds, and universally considered among the best MT available. And the Accord does have a few extra hp due to upgraded exhaust, and a tightened suspension. While certainly no "sports car", it's at least something more than a wheel and spoiler package. Both are sadly lacking in color choices (gray, white, or silver for Passat, whereas Accord can be any color unless you want the MT, in which case it's either gray or black. The Passat needed that 250 hp they teased to be compelling at this price.
        • 11 Months Ago
        correction - meant to say, "if leatherette, and not real leather, I prefer good cloth"
          • 11 Months Ago
          VW's leatherette is amazing in our Touareg. Indestructable, breathes better than real leather, and super comfy.
      • 11 Months Ago
      Without a power upgrade this is not worth it .
      • 11 Months Ago
      That essentially defeats the purpose of even using the word "Sport". Why automakers insist on this practice is saddening.
        • 11 Months Ago
        You are absolutely right, and I would say exactly the same thing. But if you set that focused option aside for a moment, you have to admit it's still an excellent price for a nicely equipped, quality-built sedan. Always loved the Passat.
      • 11 Months Ago
      Without the power bump, they missed the boat. So close, VW. So close.
      • 11 Months Ago
      WTF is up with all these 'Sport' models not getting beefier engines? I get there are handling upgrades, but without a better engine, it just feels hollow. The Sonic, the Accord, the Dart, now this? 170? Ought to call it the Passat Couch-Potato and be done with it. After all, it's more like a fat football fan on his couch than it is like a real athlete. /hyperbole
        • 11 Months Ago
        At the very least you have the option of a manual without sacrificing options. Also, the 1.8T is very similar to the GTI's 2.0T which is generally mod friendly.
      • 11 Months Ago
      A poor man's
      Joe Y
      • 11 Months Ago
      • 11 Months Ago
      The part where the grille meets the headlights looks exactly the same on the CR-V.
      • 11 Months Ago
      Ha ha ha! Way to choke vw! They know very damn well their engines are under stressed yet won't increase power. Punkass Hyundai and others are going to continue to clean your clock. You did it with the 2.5 5 cylinder also, knowing full well that it could have made way more power easily. Damn I miss the old vw, the one with a soul!
        • 11 Months Ago
        VW has been under stressing their engines for the longest. It wasn't THAT long ago that the beloved 2.8 VR6 was only making ~170hp. And that was with an extra litre of displacement and 2 addl. cylinders! I'm assuming they keep the power levels low to keep VW from stepping all over Audi products with similar hp ratings in their non S/RS models. With that said, VW engines are quite power dense and will routinely keep up with, or beat higher rated engines...especially the ones from Hyundai/KIA.
      • 11 Months Ago
      Put friggin Xenons on this car. IMHO, they are a must-have safety feature. I can't count how many times they have saved me from hitting a deer late at night. Available on <$20k Kias and nearly every other vehicle in this segment, but not offered on VW's volume family sedan.
      Cain Gray
      • 11 Months Ago
      If it's not TDI, I don't want it. I think the Passat should be exclusively sold as a Diesel. Just my opinion.
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