If you wanted to buy a sporty version of the 2011 Passat, you should drop this plan as the German manufacturer announced that a more powerful version of its most popular car is not currently in its agenda. This means that we will not see yet a successor of the powerful Passat R36, which was powered by a 3.6-liter FSI V6 engine delivering almost 300 hp.
The Passat R36 can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 5.6 seconds and has a top speed electronically limited to 155 mph (250 km/h).
The Passat R36 was also fitted with a new body kit consisting of a new front bumper, new side sills, a rear bumper, new wheels, as well as new interior accessories such as sports steering wheel, aluminum pedals and Recaro sport buckets.
Still, regarding a new version of the Passat R36, we do have an alternative for you: a version carrying the most powerful engine found in the lineup. For those who don’t know, the 2011 Passat can be fitted with a V6 engine delivering 300 hp and 350 Newton-metres available at 2,400 rpm.
With these numbers, the car can accelerate to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 5.5 seconds (5.7 seconds for the estate version), and has a top speed limited to 250 km/h (155 mph).
Furthermore, this model is equipped with the 4MOTION all-wheel drive, which means that the car is no faster, it also offers better handling. The engine can be mated to a six-speed DSG as standard. So, we don’t really need a Passat R, because we have this version. Still, we want to see a sporty body kit for the new Passat!