Concept uses a 280bhp VR6 engine and previews a future hot model for the North American market
Sam Sheehan
15 November 2016

This is the Volkswagen Passat GT concept car that is due to be shown in the metal at the LA motor show this week.

The car is based on the seventh-generation Passat, which is still on sale in America in facelifted form, and has been designed by Volkswagen’s North American engineering hub in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

It’s said to preview future a hot model destined for the US market’s Passat range, and uses a 3.6-litre VR6 six-cylinder engine that produces 280bhp and a six-speed DSG dual-clutch gearbox.

The car receives more than 20 design changes compared with the regular Passat. These include a Golf GTI-inspired honeycomb grille with a red surround, black window surrounds, a black roof and boot spoiler, LED headlights and smoked taillights.

There’s also angular exhaust surrounds, 19in alloy wheels and red brake calipers, and the car sits 15mm lower than usual.

The interior features carbonfibre-effect trim on the doors and instrument panel, two-tone black and grey sports seats with contrasting stitching, a black headliner and piano black centre console trim.

“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, Volkswagen’s North American region CEO.

“We have the freedom and the responsibility to shape future North American vehicles here in the US, combining engineering resources from around the world with our unique perspective and talented local team.”

The Passat GT concept is expected to influence a Passat GT production model set for release in the US next year. It won’t be coming to Europe or the UK, meaning the most potent Passat on sale here will continue to be the GT BiTDi, which has Volkswagen's 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder diesel, producing 237bhp.

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15 November 2016
I like the timing of this performance Passat! Very significant. Give the Americans what they want instead of shoving dirty diesels down their throat pretending they are clean. Hopefully it's a case of a (rather pricey) lesson learnt. Hope Volkswagen has similar treats for the European market. Fed up with lies and deceit used to promote diesel. Enough is enough.

15 November 2016
Trying to sell Euro 5 diesels to USA by cheating on software was a big mistake. However, shame they weren't brave enough to bring over a Euro 6 diesel Passat!

Independant Govt tests reveal that VW actually makes lowest emitting NOx diesel in real world driving that's actually lower than the stupidly unrealistic NEDC tests.

15 November 2016
Trying to sell Euro 5 diesels to USA by cheating on software was a big mistake. However, shame they weren't brave enough to bring over a Euro 6 diesel Passat!

Independant Govt tests reveal that VW actually makes lowest emitting NOx diesel in real world driving that's actually lower than the stupidly unrealistic NEDC tests.

15 November 2016
Why bother to make a completely different Passat for the US? If America wants a bigger Passat, why not just increase the wheelbase of the European car?

15 November 2016
Fadyady taking the high moral ground again!

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