VW Passat GT Launched in Detroit

13 January, 2018, 06:04 | Author: Darnell Taylor
  • 2018 Volkswagen Passat GT

Volkswagen introduced the Passat GT performance sedan in Detroit. Based off VW's R-Line trim, the Passat GT has standard LED headlights and LED daytime running lights.

Until now with the Passat, you had to choose either show or go.

Pricing for the Passat GT starts at $29,090, plus an additional $850 destination fee. The Passat R-Line starts at $25,845 and the loaded V-6 SEL Premium starts at $35,500.

The production model looks almost identical to the concept Passat GT that VW revealed at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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The sporty theme continues at the back with a black spoiler, blackened LED taillights, black bumper trim and a double exhaust with an acoustic package. With its R-Line fascia, the Passat GT has an aggressive nose that also sports a darkened honeycomb grille. The limited paint color choices are white, gray, silver and black. Much of the interior is dark, with a piano black center console, vent trim, black headliner, decorated by carbon fiber trim and GT aluminum sill plates. The GT seats are black leatherette with gray inserts and contrast stitching. Dual-zone climate control and an 8-way power driver's seat are also included. Passengers can be entertained with the Passat GT's Composition Media infotainment unit featuring a 6.3-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth connectivity, and Voice Control. And the sedan features two USB ports - one in front and one in the rear.

That's the 3.6-liter VR6, which manages 280 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 258 lb-ft. of torque at 2,500 rpm. The engine is mated to a standard six-speed DSG automatic transmission with Tiptronic, which features steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. 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. Volkswagen lowered the suspension and fit a sportier exhaust.

Volkswagen's improving results in the US have been bolstered by its expanded sport-utility line-up, but the maker is also providing its loyal Passat owners something new for 2018: the Passat GT. In line with Cars.com's long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don't accept gifts or free trips from automakers.

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