The Passat GT differs from the standard Passat in that it has a lowered, stiffer suspension and a performance-tuned exhaust system which should (hopefully) let its 3.6-liter VR6 V6 howl. On the aesthetic front, the Passat GT gets more aggressive R-Line bumpers, a honeycomb grille with red accent lines, black mirror caps, 19″ Tornado wheels and black window and door trim. Make no mistake, this is no full-fledged GTI model, but it will, in all likelihood, be a lot cushier to live with as a daily driver for less money.
Speaking of money, Volkswagen plans to ask for just $29,090 of your hard-earned American dollars for the privilege of driving this super-limited and super-sporty sedan. One thing that sets the Passat GT apart from the full-fat GTI models is that the inspiration for its creation didn’t come from Wolfsburg. Instead, it came from a far less likely locale: Chattanooga, Tennessee.
“The Passat GT illustrates how the North American Region can shape Volkswagen vehicles specifically for the US market,” said Dr. Matthias Erb, Chief Engineering Officer, North American Region, Volkswagen, in a statement. “Combining a local perspective with our global engineering expertise allows us to create vehicles that meet the needs and desires of customers here.”