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Old 01-12-2018, 01:51 PM   #1
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2018 Volkswagen Passat GT Debuts in Detroit
Special VR6 sedan starts at $29,940




By: Billy Rehbock, Ed Tahaney January 12, 2018
Good news VW fans—the 2018 Passat GT has arrived just ahead of the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. The new GT’s crown jewel is a narrow angle 3.6-liter VR6 engine that offers 280 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The V-6 is mated to a standard six-speed automatic transmission.

VW claims that its EPA estimated fuel economy is 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.

“The Passat GT illustrates how the North American Region can shape Volkswagen vehicles specifically for the U.S. market,” said Dr. Matthias Erb, Volkswagen CEO, in a statement.

“Combining a local perspective with our global engineering expertise allows us to create vehicles that meet the needs and desires of customers here.”


Up front, the Passat GT gets a R-Line bumper, honeycomb grille, GT badge, and a red accent line. The roof is black and so are the mirror caps, window, and door trim. Volkswagen lowered the suspension and fit a sportier exhaust.

It rolls on two-tone 19-inch “Tornado” wheels that sport red-painted brake calipers. Around back there’s a black spoiler, blackened LED taillights, black bumper trim, and a duel exhaust.

Inside, the GT touts a piano black center console, carbon fiber optic bits, black headliner, and aluminum GT-badged sills. Seats are made from black leatherette with Moonrock Gray inserts and contrast stitching.

Other standard goodies include a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 8-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats, and heated side mirrors. Tech wise there’s an infotainment unit with 6.3-inch touchscreen display that’s Apple CarPlay and Android Auto friendly.

The GT joins the 2018 Passat lineup as a limited-run special model based off the R-Line trim. It’s available in four flavors—Pure White, Reflex Silver, Platinum Gray, and Deep Black.

The 2018 Passat GT is expected to arrive at dealers in the spring and pricing starts at $29,940.
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Old 01-12-2018, 01:55 PM   #2
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Put it in GTI with a manual and you'll have my attention VW.
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Old 01-12-2018, 02:12 PM   #3
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Toss in the Haldex that's already being used in the Atlas and I bet people would notice. Develop a wagon body that will fit down the same assembly line in Tennessee and VW could start printing money from people that think there's still some cachet to "German engineering" and forego an Outback.
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Put it in GTI with a manual and you'll have my attention VW.
Oh my. The VR6 sounds glorious with an aftermarket exhaust. 6spd, Haldex AWD, and VR6 is a good recipe. If they can just solve the numb feeling EPS.
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HP and torque seem low for a 3.6, no? Maybe it doesn't need much.

This is a new engine right?
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HP and torque seem low for a 3.6, no? Maybe it doesn't need much.

This is a new engine right?
No. It's the same old VR6. The design dates back to the 80's as it's origins even predate the Nissans VQ engine. It's an okay engine but a little long on the tooth.
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What is this 2007?
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The VR6 is garbage compared to the EA888.
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I'm ok with old, inefficient engine designs as long as they sound good. VW's over-complexity and proprietary tool requirements are a non-starter, however.
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I'm ok with old, inefficient engine designs as long as they sound good. VW's over-complexity and proprietary tool requirements are a non-starter, however.
It is like getting into an outdoor pool on a mild summer day. You have to go in a little slowly to deal with the initial shock, but once you are in you realize it is not bad at all. Five minutes later, your head is submerged and you are splashing around like you have been there forever.

Once you get used to how VW does things and you get a little collection of tools, or know people that have them, it starts to be part of the fun.
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Old 01-12-2018, 06:19 PM   #11
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True.

However, the sportiness of this "GT" will be limited by it's standard six-speed automatic. No rev-matching downshifts, and slow to respond manual mode.

They tacked on a few trinkets, but it doesn't seem that special, IMO.

Does the regular trim Passat have the 2.0 (1.8) TSI?
If they bothered to put a VR6 in this, why not go Full Monty and equip it with the DSG?



...in other news, a Jetta GLI parked next to me at the drug store this afternoon. Wow, I like the wheels and overall look. GTI front end.

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Old 01-12-2018, 08:13 PM   #12
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They surely don't mean the old 6-speed slushbox. This has gotta be the DSG. Hell, the Tiguan is 8-speed slusher now.
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Old 01-12-2018, 08:27 PM   #13
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As for the VR6 engine, peak power comes at 6,200 rpm and peak torque comes at 2,500; a six-speed dual-clutch transmission with paddle shifters is standard. Mileage is rated at 19 city and 28 highway.

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The VR6 is great, anyone that says otherwise can suck a peen.
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The EA888 is garbage compared to the VR6.
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