Volkswagen Adds a Little Zing to the New Passat GT

Olive Hawkins
January 13, 2018

"The Passat GT illustrates how the North American Region can shape Volkswagen vehicles specifically for the USA market", said Dr. Matthias Erb, Volkswagen CEO, in a statement. Under the hood of the sport sedan lies a 3.6-liter VR6 engine sending 280 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 258 lb-ft of torque at 2,500 rpm through a six-speed automatic transmission. Buyers have a choice between Pure White, Reflex Silver, Platinum Grey, and Deep Black.

The GT combines the sportier show and V-6 go - and splits the difference in sticker price to start at $29,940 (all prices include the destination charge).

The Passat GT gets a sport suspension and 19-inch, two-tone "Tornado" wheels, which are accentuated with red-painted brake calipers.

The roof is finished in black, as are the mirror caps, and the window and door trim. It gets a lot of R-Line pieces, though it won't replace the R-Line in the lineup, says VW.

The 2018 VW Passat GT uses a sport suspension to improve performance from the 280 horsepower WR6 engine.

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Volkswagen, at last, has a serious midsize SUV player: The new Chattanooga, Tennessee-built Atlas has learned the lessons of the two generations of the still-very-European Touareg; more. With its R-Line fascia, the Passat GT has an aggressive nose that also sports a darkened honeycomb grille.

It's about time Volkswagen spiced up the US Passat sedan. The vehicle also receives GT badging in the grille, back of the auto and inside. Around back there's a black spoiler, blackened LED taillights, black bumper trim, and a duel exhaust.

The interior of the 2018 Passat GT features leatherette black seats with Moonrock Gray inserts. VW can't quite let go of the Passat's mainstream appeal, mind, and is pointing out that the GT still gets 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

On the inside, the GT features piano black center console and vent trim, carbon fiber optic décor, black headliner, and aluminum GT-badged sills. A leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, driver's power seat, dual climate control and heated side mirrors are among Passat GT's standard features.

Automakers can't just offer performance without some technological goodies. Tech wise there's an infotainment unit with 6.3-inch touchscreen display that's Apple CarPlay and Android Auto friendly.

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