This is Volkswagen's Detroit Show Passat Performance Concept with 247hp


Volkswagen is injecting some sportiness to its North American market Passat with the world premiere of a performance concept at next week's Detroit auto show.

Dubbed the "Passat Performance Concept", the German carmaker says the study gives us a sneak-peek at an upcoming sport variant of its mid-size model, which in 2012, recorded its best sales year ever in the States with 117,023 units.

Despite the promising moniker, there's not much going on the outside with the rather conservative looking concept making do with 19-inch wheels, a dual exhaust set up, Bi-Xenon headlights with Advanced Front Lighting System (AFS), LED taillights and carbon applications on its mirror caps.

That's something VW acknowledges, but adds it's what is hiding under the hood that counts. There you will find VW's newer EA888 1.8 liter turbocharged and direct-injected TSI four-cylinder engine, which in this application delivers 247hp horsepower (250PS / 184kW) and is matched to a six-speed automatic transmission.

A lowered sport suspension and electro-mechanical steering to enhance handling complete the limited performance upgrades on the Passat.

We don't get to see it yet, but we're told by VW that the study's interior features carbon-like touches on the dashboard with matching carbon-style inserts on two-color leather seating surfaces and black headliner and side pillars.

Story References: VW via VWVortex




Evan McMaster said... »January 10, 2013

Looks really cool to me. Also, very good power from a 1.8 liter.

Brian said... »January 10, 2013

Before reading the title of the post, I thought this was some boring-assed hybrid.

Earl said... »January 10, 2013

That's a lot of HP out of a 1.8 litre

Kaveh Ghavim said... »January 10, 2013

Looks good, but maybe to much of a car for a 1.8L motor.
Those head and tail lights will look on the 2014 models.

Not_impressed said... »January 11, 2013

Calling "bull" on this one... Its just the Chinese market version with engine mods. Front lights are std chinese version you can see blinkers are white not US dot legal yellow which gives it away. Chinese version also gets the LED taillights. Wikipedia and google reveals this key word search " chinese version nms passat ".. Also and

Thando Gqabaza said... »January 11, 2013

Looks good ? Are you guys nuts ? This is the most boring "performance" car I've seen. Shows you how blind some people are when it comes to VW. And given their record , I'm questioning the reliability of that highly stressed 1.8 in this big body.

john1168 said... »January 11, 2013


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