Volkswagen offers up the Passat GT...Concept

Volkswagen is taking the wraps off of the Passat GT Concept at Automobility LA (aka the LA Auto Show). If you think Passat GTI you wouldn't be far off (although the tartan plaid seats are missing). Take a higher-end Passat with the VR6 engine (280 hp) and the six-speed dual-clutch automatic, a lowered sport suspension, and special trim pieces and you've got the basic idea. Sort of like adding the VR6 engine to an R-Line model. The window mouldings get the blacked-out treatment as do the bumper and side mouldings and the itty-bitty rear spoiler is also black. Rear brakelight lenses are smoked and the LED headlights and black grille get a red surround just like the GTI. Overall, it's a nice look on a very attractive (conservatively) styled mid-size sedan. The VR6 engine is a runner and the 19-inch Toronado wheels with red-painted brake calipers fill out the wheel wells nicely. Production of the Passat GT Concept seems like a no-brainer, but VW can't take anything for granted these days and a business case has to be made for any new models. The Passat GT would be a great tourer with just enough suspension tuning to make winding roads fun...but not punishing on the straight bits. If this could be your mext "thing." let VW know. Pricing might be the only problem with prices possibly starting in the mid $30k range. For more info, check out the brief press release after the jump. (If a video is made available later, I will add it so check back.)

Source: Volkswagen - Press release after the "read more" jump.

Press Release:
  • Designed in America at the Engineering and Planning Center in Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • More than 20 interior/exterior updates create the most aggressive Passat yet
  • Combines 280-hp VR6 engine with lowered suspension and sport exhaust
This week at Automobility LA, Volkswagen of America, Inc. will unveil the Passat GT concept, designed by the company’s North American engineering hub in Chattanooga, Tenn. Combining fresh styling updates with the powerful 280-hp VR6® engine, the Passat GT concept previews a potential addition to the Passat lineup. The concept was created by Volkswagen’s North American Engineering and Planning Center in Chattanooga based on extensive feedback from U.S. customers and dealers.

“The Passat GT is an early example of how the new Volkswagen North American Region will meet the needs and desires of American customers going forward,” said Dr. Matthias Erb, Chief Engineering Officer, North American Region, Volkswagen. “We have the freedom and the responsibility to shape future North American vehicles here in the U.S., combining engineering resources from around the world with our unique perspective and talented local team.”

More than 20 design changes from the standard Passat mark the GT as a unique, eye-catching sedan. Starting from the black honeycomb grille insert with red accent lines that harken to those on the Volkswagen Golf GTI, the upgrades include unique bumper treatments, black window surrounds, a black roof and trunk spoiler, LED headlights, smoked taillights, a dual trapezoidal exhaust and a sport muffler. The 19-inch Tornado wheels cover red-painted brake calipers, and a 0.6-inch reduction in ride height gives the Passat GT concept a road-hugging stance.

Inside, the Passat GT creates a sportier impression with carbon-fiber pattern door trim and instrument panel, two-tone black-and-gray sport seats with contrast stitching, a black headliner and piano black center console trim. Power comes from the Volkswagen 3.6-liter TSI® VR6, which makes 280 horsepower, tied to a six-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission, controlled through shift paddles behind the steering wheel.

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, Beetle Convertible, CC, e-Golf, Golf, Golf Alltrack, Golf GTI, Golf R, Golf SportWagen, Jetta, Passat, Tiguan and Touareg vehicles through approximately 652 independent U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at or to learn more.

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