Back in the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show, Volkswagen showcased a Passat GT Concept at their booth. Though it has been a little over a year since that happened, the automaker has finally come up with the production model of the 2018 VW Passat GT and will bring it at the 2018 Detroit Auto Show. And all we can say is that it looks exactly like the 2016 concept. Just without the bold GT graphics on the sides.
So. What does the production model have to boast? Well, it definitely has a touch of sportiness. Both the exterior and interior also got over 20 visual enhancements. The front fascia comes with standard LED headlights as well as daytime running lamps, paired with the bumper from the R-Line. There is also a new black honeycomb grille that replaces the one on the stock unit, and is surrounded by red trim. After all, anything GT must have a hint of red.
There are also black accents all around the car, from the side mirrors, the door trim, to the subtle GT fender badges as well as the blacked out roof. In the rear, there is a new black spoiler with more black trim, paired with a set of LED headlights that had been darkened.
It comes equipped with an “acoustic package” which features special exhaust tips, and that is why the Passat got some cut-outs down low. The 2018 model sits on a set of 19-inch wheels with red brake calipers, making it look more than ordinary.
The inside has piano black trim for the center console and vents and the dash and the Passat infotainment system are surrounded in carbon fiber trim as well. The interior is covered in mostly black too, from the headliner, the steering wheel, to the leatherette seats. The special GT door sills are made of aluminium.
As for technology, it features the usual Passat with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and VW Car-Net App Connect tech and two USB ports. As for the engine, the Passat gets the same 3.6 liter VR6 engine that carries out 280 horsepower (208 kilowatts) and 258 pound feet (350 Newton metres) of torque. This is paired with a six speed DSG Tiptronic automatic. The car’s suspension has been lowered as well, though they did not say by how much.
This limited run Passat GT will be based on the R-Line and will only be available in 4 finishes including: white, grey, silver, and black. Despite it being a limited model, it will still be affordable with a price of $29,090 plus a destination fee of $850. This offers an entry point into the V6 Passat world that likely won’t break the bank. This model will arrive in dealerships by the second quarter of this year.