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Volkswagen Adds a Little Zing to the New Passat GT

13 January 2018, 03:26 | Edward Lowe

The Passat GT pulls styling cues from the R Line and adds a few unique touches all its own. Volkswagen


The new Passat GT was designed at Volkswagen's Engineering and Planning Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The 2018 Passat GT is a limited edition model that combines the VR6 engine with a lowered suspension and a slightly sportier exterior. The roof is black regardless of whether the body color is Pure White, Reflex Silver, Platinum Grey, or Deep Black.

LED headlights, optional on the R-Line are standard, and the GT has LED daytime running lights and blackened LED taillights. It borrows the R-Line® bumper and adds a honeycomb grille, GT badge, and a red accent line, reminiscent of the high-performance Golf GTI.

VW says there's a sport suspension, but no real details are available. The auto also receives GT badging in the grille, back of the vehicle and inside. Two-tone 19-inch "Tornado" wheels are accentuated with red-painted brake calipers, another nod to Volkswagen's performance heritage.

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Like every 2018 Passat, the GT will come with Volkswagen's new six-year, 72,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty that can be transferred to a subsequent buyer. The rear has a black spoiler and tinted LED taillamps, together with black trim on the bumper and a double exhaust with VW's acoustic package.

On the inside, the GT features piano black center console and vent trim, carbon fiber optic décor, black headliner, and aluminum GT-badged sills.

The interior of the 2018 Passat GT features leatherette black seats with Moonrock Gray inserts. 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. The Passat GT features a Composition Media infotainment unit with 6.3-inch capacitive touchscreen display and standard Bluetooth for compatible devices, Voice Control. It has a USB port in the front and one for the rear seat. SiriusXM® Satellite Radio is standard and includes a three-month trial.

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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.

VW kept the Passat's strong, if thirsty 3.6-liter V-6 and 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

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.

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In terms of positioning, the Passat GT stickers for $29,940 including a mandatory $850 destination charge.

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