One of the many entrants in that slice of the market is the Volkswagen Passat, a car that capably caters to those shoppers with powerful engines, a sleek design, and impressive handling. Be that as it may, not everyone looks at the Passat, and Volkswagen in general, as a top player in the performance game.
By the looks of the Passat R GT Concept car, it would appear that the folks at VW aim to change that. Test drive a 2006 Passat here in the States and the most you’ll unleash is 280 horsepower. The Passat R GT packs 575 horsepower.
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Complementing the air-gulping motor is VW’s 4Motion all-wheel-drive system and Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) automatic transmission. The entire package rides on a coil-over suspension and stops with Brembo discs that measure 365mm in front and 365mm in the rear. The Volkswagen Passat R GT Concept meets the road through 245/30 Michelin Pilot Sport2 tires that envelop 19 x 9-inch Avus forged aluminum wheels.
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So, Passats with insane horsepower ratings may not be on the agenda. However, Jenkins suggests the powers that be in Wolfsburg need to hear from enthusiasts interested in Volkswagens with serious performance.
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Photos courtesy of Thom Blackett and Volkswagen of America