What is it?
This is the range-topping version of the new Passat ‘Comfort Coupe’, powered by a 298bhp 3.6 V6 engine and driving four-wheel drive transmission via a six-speed DSG gearbox.
And it’s going to be a rare car in Britain. Volkswagen estimates it will shift just under 6000 CCs in a typical year – and only two per cent of them will have the V6 powerplant, suggesting only about 100 a year will be registered here.
As befits its status of range-topper, the V6 CC gets the new DCC ‘adaptive chassis control’. This system adjusts the damper settings as well as the weight of the electro-mechanical steering, giving the driver a choice between normal, sport and comfort modes.
Interestingly, this generation of 4Motion all-wheel drive system does not require any wheel slip before it sends power to the rear wheels. VW calls the system ‘full time’ and says 100 per cent of the engine’s torque can be directed to the rear axle.
What’s it like?
Like many modern V6 engines, the Passat CC’s motor needs to be stoked-up to extract all its available performance. Power peaks at a zingy 6000rpm, although the specifications claim that the full 258lb ft of torque is on offer from just 2400rpm to 5300rpm. The engine in our test car may still have been tight, but it still needed well over 3500rpm before the car felt like it was really shifting.