In the past, buyers that desired a sporty Volkswagen were rather limited in terms of choice. You could have a GTI, a Jetta GLI or a Golf R. If you wanted to move beyond the compact segment, you were stuck looking elsewhere. For 2014, though, VW decided to try and sportify it's big Passat sedan.

With a 170-horsepower, 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, we're gambling that the Passat Sport will be anything but sporty on the road. As we mentioned in our original post, we're a bit disappointed by the lower horsepower of the production Sport (the concept boasted a brawny 250 ponies). It should at least look the part, though, sporting 19-inch Luxor wheels, black mirror caps and a black roof.

We've got a complete gallery of live images of the Passat Sport from the floor of the 2014 Chicago Auto Show. Hop up top and take a look.
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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.


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      cpmanx
      • 10 Months Ago
      I seriously wonder what goes on in the VW board rooms. They have one meeting in which they say, "We've got to double US sales." Then they have another meeting in which they say, "Nah, it would cost too much to give the US market our best vehicles. Make do with this." Which is a shame for those of us who like to drive, since a Passat that got a true GLI treatment could be quite a fun familymobile.
        Mike L
        • 10 Months Ago
        @cpmanx
        In fairness, it's not just VW that denies the U.S. some of their best products but I couldn't agree more. Unfortunately it's a simple equation and simple economics: non-enthusiasts far outnumber enthusiasts...
          cpmanx
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Mike L
          I realize there are other factors as well, including troubles with the dealer network. But right now, VW is largely missing both the mainstream (compact & mid-size CUV) yet not catering to the cult fans witht he kind of cars that built its reputation in the first place (Scirocco, Polo, Up!, etc).
          Mike L
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Mike L
          You're speaking to the choir, manx. I've owned quite a few VWs over the years and am a current Sportwagen TDI owner. I travel abroad and nothing frustrates me more than seeing a Scirocco or any of the others that we don't get here - but especially the Scirocco. And the VW SUV/CUV strategy in the U.S. is not only a mess but absolutely mind numbing. Both the Tiguan and the Toureg are direct competitors to the other available models in size only. Once price/features are factored in, they don't directly compete. VW is not going to realize it's growth goals until they get this figured out. I'm going to go out on a limb and suggest the new seven seater will find itself in the same position...
        razorpit
        • 10 Months Ago
        @cpmanx
        Only in the world of VW does Sport mean "base engine".
        JaredN
        • 10 Months Ago
        @cpmanx
        Last I heard, German automakers served beer in their lunchrooms. Perhaps the VW board has just had a few too many steins of beer when they make decisions like this. If they made decisions like this stone cold sober, I just don't know what to say.
      Jimmy
      • 10 Months Ago
      Yawn
      Alfonso T. Alvarez
      • 10 Months Ago
      Slightly, very slightly, sportier than a Corolla Sport which is the lowest possible level of sportiness of a 'sport' model ...
      Mr. Bader®
      • 10 Months Ago
      Lool VW North America is a mess. I live in Saudi Arabia and we get all the vw European range with 5years unlimited warranty and 3years or 60,000 km free service and our market is barely 500 thousand annual sale for all brands
        paqza
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Mr. Bader®
        Of course, Saudi Arabia also has totally flat roads, no snow, no road salt, etc., and I imagine it accepts Euro NCAP crash testing, which the US does not recognize. You don't have to worry about cars rusting out in Saudi Arabia unless you're right on the coast, and even then it's not as bad as it would be in many of the more densely populated areas in the US.
      Joe
      • 10 Months Ago
      Why not ditch the 1.8t and 3.6 and use the 2.0t? Why not just use the 2.0t and the 2.0tdi in the entire North American line up? Drop all the other engines and use the best. In the long run it would give a better impression to consumers and reduce costs with a more limited engine line up.
        paqza
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Joe
        Volvo's already figured it out. You'd think VAG would get it down, too. Getting back to the topic on hand - this car is a total joke. It's less reliable, less inspiring, less powerful, and delivers worse fuel mileage than pretty much all of its American, Japanese, and Korean competitors. I don't understand for the life of me why anyone would even consider buying this Passat. Oh yeah, and the interior looks like it's from 2002.
      Rob
      • 10 Months Ago
      All this will be is an expensive dress up package. The 220hp/258ft lb 2.0 would provide this car with sub 7 second acceleration and return decent economy. An R model can use the 300hp 3.6 and offer the all wheel drive . I don't get it VW
      E43
      • 10 Months Ago
      "In the past, buyers that desired a sporty Volkswagen were rather limited in terms of choice. You could have a GTI, a Jetta GLI or a Golf R. If you wanted to move beyond the compact segment, you were stuck looking elsewhere." What about the CC w/ 6spd Manual or DSG? Same 2.0t as the GTI. I understand it isn't as agile as the GTI, but I'd take it over this Passat any day of the week.
      PiCASSO
      • 10 Months Ago
      Maybe it's just the style of the wheels... but this looks awful.
      Nicholas
      • 10 Months Ago
      Seems like a lot of car to pull around for a 1.8 turbo.
        Joe
        • 10 Months Ago
        @Nicholas
        It's only 200 lbs more than a Mk IV GTI with similar power and torque.
      hboi18
      • 10 Months Ago
      HALOGEN HEADLIGHTS !!!! its 2014 even the GLI has xenons
      Shiftright
      • 10 Months Ago
      ZZZZZZZZZZZZ.....
      _I_I_II_I_I_
      • 10 Months Ago
      "its" vs "it's." Please, autoblog.
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