This week at the LA Auto Show, Volkswagen will debut a sporty looking Passat GT concept that previews a potential addition to the Passat lineup.
Combining fresh styling updates with the powerful 280-hp VR6 engine, the Passat GT concept was created by Volkswagen’s North American Engineering and Planning Center in Chattanooga based on extensive feedback from U.S. customers and dealers.
It comes with more than 20 design changes from the standard Passat, starting from the black honeycomb grille insert with red accent lines that harken to those on the Volkswagen Golf GTI. Further upgrades include unique bumper treatments, black window surrounds, a black roof and trunk spoiler, LED headlights, smoked taillights, a dual trapezoidal exhaust and a sport muffler. The 19-inch Tornado wheels cover red-painted brake calipers, and a 0.6-inch reduction in ride height gives the Passat GT concept a road-hugging stance.
Inside, the Passat GT creates a sportier impression with carbon-fiber pattern door trim and instrument panel, two-tone black-and-gray sport seats with contrast stitching, a black headliner and piano black center console trim.
Power comes from the Volkswagen 3.6-litre TSI VR6 engine, producing 280 horsepower, tied to a 6-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission, controlled through shift paddles behind the steering wheel.