VW Could Spice Up Passat Range With Sportier Variant

Volkswagen is tossing up releasing a sporty version of the Passat to help increase demand for the car.

Select members of the press were recently shown a design concept at the company’s North American development center in Chattanooga, Tennessee and confirmed that the model presented goes far beyond the current R-Line styling package offered for the Passat.

From a styling perspective, the concept shown included numerous contrasting black-painted parts, including the roof, a bootlid lip spoiler and badging. Additionally, redesigned taillights were featured as were a number of subtle red elements on the front fascia and across the brake calipers, providing the model with styling cues from the Golf GTI.

Volkswagen also revealed that it lowered the car’s suspension by 20 mm to offer it more dynamic handling but failed to reveal if new shocks or suspension bushings had also been implemented.

As for power, the company said it’s deciding between its 280 hp 3.6-liter V6 or instead a smaller 1.8-liter turbocharged four-cylinder likely tuned to over 250 hp. Whichever is chosen, such a model would push the Passat into a new performance bracket.

The design concept has yet to be approved for production by VW management but could be presented in concept guise in the not too distant future.

Note: 2012 VW Passat R-Line pictured

Via Motor Authority


Whistleblower Claims Tesla Covered Up Drug Trafficking And Theft At Nevada Gigafactory

An employee was allegedly working for a Mexican cartel, $37 million of material were stolen and the company spied on former worker.

2019 Shelby GT Bows With Ford Performance Parts, 480 Or 700+ HP

The new Shelby GT is priced from $61,345 and be available at select North American dealers.

2019MY Lincoln Navigator Gets Safety Tech Pack As Standard, Prices Increase Slightly

Thankfully, Lincoln has loaded the 2019 Navigator with more standard features.

Rare Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing Stolen From Nurburgring Hotel

This is one of the most recognizable Gullwings and its owner is offering a $250k reward.

Sorry Sir, You Cannot Order An Avensis Anymore; May We Suggest The Camry Hybrid?

You can still buy Toyota’s midsize car in other markets, such as Belgium and Austria, but only as an estate.

2019 Peugeot 2008 To Be Larger And Lighter Than Current Model

The new Peugeot 2008 should premiere at 2019’s Paris Auto Show.

Toyota Wants To Sell 2 Million Vehicles Annually In China In The Early 2020s

The Japanese car maker aims to boost its annual sales by more than 50 percent.

2019 Renault Kadjar Spied, Sports New Face And Redesigned Rear End

Renault is expected to pull the cover off the facelifted Kadjar in Paris this fall.

Diesel Free: Seat Axes Oil Burners From Toledo’s UK Range

The compact sedan is now offered only with a 1.0-liter TSI three-cylinder with 108 HP.

Bugatti Divo Shows Radically-Different Silhouette

The Bugatti Divo will premiere on August 24 in California.