2018 VW Passat GT Injected With Sporty 280HP V6

VW will present the new 2018 Passat GT at the Detroit Auto Show as the sportiest member of the family, packing the company’s 280hp 3.6-liter VR6 engine.

Based off the R-Line trim, the new Passat GT is a limited-run special model designed in VW’s North American hub, based on extensive feedback from customers and dealers in the US.

On the outside the new Passat GT comes with standard LED headlights and DRLs and features the R-Line bumper but with a different, honeycomb grille. The red stripe is reminiscent of the Golf GTI and the roof is finished in black with matching door mirror caps.

A set of 19-inch Tornado alloy wheels, a black rear spoiler, a sportier rear bumper and a set of darkened taillights together with the dual exhaust tips complete the differences over the standard Passat models.

The 3.6-liter narrow-angle V6 engine makes 280hp and 258lb-ft of torque and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters on the steering wheel. Fuel economy is EPA-rated at 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.

The sporty theme continues inside, with the interior of the new Passat GT featuring black piano trim, carbon fiber optic décor, black headliner, and aluminum GT-badged sills. The seats are dressed with black leatherette and Moonrock Gray inserts.

VW says that the 2018 Passat GT will arrive at US dealers in the second quarter of 2018, with prices starting at $29,940, including a $850 destination fee.


  • JR Glide

    VW = filthy FRAUD.

    • Christian

      Like other car company’s… Like Mitsubishi did in Japan two years ago?

      • Belthronding Tinuviel

        .this does not make any sense, VW is still cheater.

    • Puddingpopper

      No VW owners care

    • SteersUright

      Check their stock price, 30%+ gain in just the past 12 mo. Nobody seems to notice or care. Plus, if you think any major corporation in the USA isn’t grossly corrupt and fraudulent as well, you’d be wise to do some research. I worked in fraud, moneylaundering, etc for a decade, almost every major company, particularly the financial firms, engages in any fraudulent activity they think they can get away with or in which the projected profits are deemed greater then the predicted fines.

  • SgtBeavis

    Hey, just look at that red line in the grill. So sporty, so sexy….

    VW, stop wasting resources on this crap and get moving on that Microbus.

  • Vassilis

    Why not use the 2.0 litre turbo four? Makes at least the same numbers while being more efficient.

    • Michael_66589

      2.0 turbo more efficient than V6 ? only in EPA and automakers testing.

      • Vassilis

        Uhm, a 2.0 litre 4 cylinder engine that makes the same power and torque figures as a 3.6 litre V6 is by definition more efficient. Also, real life fuel economy of the 2.0 litre is 32 mpg in the city and around 38 on the motorway. With climate control on!

      • SteersUright

        Hmm…given my own real world experience, I don’t know. My 2011 335i M sport with power pack returned 18.5mpg on average. My n.a. 3.5L V6 2015 Lexus GS returned about 16mpg on average and was SOOO much less powerful of an engine. Although, I did notice my mom (who drives so slow) get about only 20mpg out of her Tiguan 2.0L turbo 4 while my buddy who abuses his CX5 all day gets about 25mpg. So who knows….

    • TheHake

      As in the new Arteon.

  • Christian

    Literally the same engine we had in Europe, our VW Passat 10 years ago…It just had 300Bhp Now we packing 280 from a 2,0 TFSi…

    • Sébastien

      because it’s the same Passat we had 10y ago too 🙂

      • Christian

        that is not true. The US passat uses a lager platform.

        • Sébastien

          Passat went MQB platform in 2015 in Europe, you’re soon having the older one

  • TheHake

    2 generations ago that 3.6 V6 made 300HP. Why is it now down to 280?

    • Belthronding Tinuviel

      they like old school?

      • TheHake

        Old old school I guess.

  • GE90man

    Would it hurt to lower it justttt a bit? Just so it doesn’t look awkward

  • Still has the old telematics/navigation system…

  • :/ Yurr

    Could’ve at least put an 8-speed auto up in that old ass car.

  • Puddingpopper

    This car is pointless

  • jsz00

    They just built a car that no one is really asking for

  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    US VW Passat: The Car That Time Forgot.

  • SteersUright

    In 2018, a 280hp 3.6L V6 isn’t “sporty”. The correct word is, “outdated”.


    i thought this is an arteon

  • alexxx

    Shame it looks like shoebox 😂

  • Sébastien

    This is still Passat B7 (from before 2015). Funny how VW deprecated models are still sold in the US… I guess that explains the lower prices

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