When Volkswagen introduced its all-new Passat B8, everyone was impressed by the vehicle’s 2.0-liter biturbo diesel engine that produced 240 hp and 500 Nm of torque from 1,750 rpm. The engine is available only with a new seven-speed DSG gearbox and with 4Motion all-wheel drive.
Still, if these numbers don’t impress you that much, you better know that B&B can boost the performances of the biturbo diesel engine to an impressive 300 hp and 630 Nm of torque for 3,950 euros.
The standard model is able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.3 seconds, the upgraded engine pushes the Passat B8 from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 5.5 seconds.
If you consider that 300 hp is way too much for your car, you can get a second power package that costs 1,298 euros and is able to push the total output of the engine to 275 hp and 570 Nm of torque. In addition, B&B also offers a new suspension lowering kit as well as new 19-inch or 20-inch alloy wheels.
It is quite easy to tell even at first glance that the new Volkswagen Passat has a design that usually doesn’t belong to the mid-class car, as its styling would fit among the upper mid-class or premium class cars. VW was partly able give the new Passat this fresh look through various precisely drawn edges and creases, all developing light-reflecting surfaces.
When viewed from the sides, the new VW Passat is marked by the distinctive section between the window sill just beneath the side windows, and a character line running at the height of the door handles. The creases and edges in the upper area of the side panels merge in this distinctive section, thereby forming a horizontal surface from which the athletic shoulder area of the Passat develops.
The character line is born from the border of upper headlight and flows into the wing before being briefly interrupted by the front wheel arch. Then this element continues as an actual shoulder line flowing towards the rear, with the windows and roof pillars sloping inwards.
Interestingly, an alternation of light surfaces is formed between the window sill and the character line, as subdivided into two areas. At the front of the wing, the upper area forms a wide concave surface that becomes narrower as it flows in a tapering triangle towards the C-pillar for the Saloon or the D-pillar for the Estate.
Below this is a lower area flowing in the opposite direction -- starting from the rear as a dynamic arched shoulder section running forward as a tapering triangle. The resulting interplay between light and shadow surfaces helps accentuate the shoulder line and the dynamic rear wheel arch.
Meanwhile, the door handles are located directly on the character line that receives a precise sculpting, as made possible by the equally precise production methods by Volkswagen. The door surfaces, on the other hand, flare outward and are complemented by dominant wheel arches and shaped side sills.
Another crease with an alternation of curvature is located between the door surfaces and the transition into the side sills, resulting to a muscular light surface that continues along the sides into the rear bumper.
On the other hand, the Passat – starting from the Highline variant – features a wrap-around chrome trim at the height of the side sill. The resulting interplay between lines and light surfaces help lower the visual height of the new Passat. Starting from the Comforline variant, the Passat sports a crease above the side windows, a wrap-around chrome trim on the long window surface, as well as a double edge in the roof section. This makes the new Passat looks visually longer, although it is around 2 mm shorter than its predecessor.