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.