• 2018 Volkswagen Passat GT

    2018 Volkswagen Passat GT
  • Based on the R-Line trim... The GT borrows the R-Line front Fascia.
  • It also gets a special GT badge and red accent lines These are a nod back to the Golf GTI
  • Standard features include… LED headlights, LED daytime running lights, and a sport suspension system
  • That should lower it by nearly a half-inch Which looks really nice...
  • When you add in those 19-inch Tornado wheels And the red brake calipers, of course
  • Around back… Which looks really nice...
  • There’s a black lip spoiler to go with…
  • Tinted LED taillights
  • Rounding out the exterior package is… Black trim around the exhaust outlets.
  • Now that's nice!
  • The interior gets the GT treatment too
  • There’s a black center console…
  • With black inserts…
  • Even the center stack sees the black treatment on the vents!
  • There’s a black headliner and he seats feature black leather with Moonrock Gray inserts.
  • There's even contrast stitching on the seats..
  • GT-badged door sills round out the interior
  • And the steering wheel!
  • Under the hood.. There’s a 3.6-liter VR6 V-6
  • It’s good for 280HP and 258 LB-FT
  • There’s no manual transmission tho… So you’re stuck with a six-speed DSG transmission
  • Pricing starts at $29,090 With delivery starting in the second half of 2018

The closest thing to a Passat GTI!

Launched all the way back in 1973, the Passat is one of Volkswagen’s most iconic models, up there with the Golf and the Beetle. But unlike the Golf, the midsize has yet to gain a higher performance GTI version. Even the tiny Polo got the infamous red stripe, but for some reason, VW kept the Passat away from this badge. It doesn’t really seem as this would change anytime soon, but Volkswagen just introduced something similar in the United States. Developed based on extensive feedback from U.S. customers and dealers, the Passat GT is pretty much a GTI model without the massive power and the chassis upgrades.

Visually, the GT is heavily based on the Golf GTI. Not only it sports the iconic red stripe on its front grille, but it also has a number of blacked-up out features that give it a more menacing look. The interior was upgraded too and received quite a few extra standard features. Things aren’t as spectacular under the hood, where we can find the same VR6 engine as in the regular range-topping model, but the Passat GT benefits from a retuned suspension for a sportier ride. Based on the R-Line version, the Passat GT is a limited-run model, but Volkswagen had nothing to say about production figures. Let’s find out more about it below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Volkswagen Passat GT.

What makes the Volkswagen Passat GT special

  • Red stripe on the grille
  • Standard LED lights
  • Blacked-out features
  • R-Line bumper
  • Read spoiler
  • Dual exhaust
  • Piano black trim
  • Fake carbon-fiber
  • Heated seats
  • Leather steering wheel
  • 3.6-liter VR6 engine
  • 280 horsepower and 258 pound-feet
  • Sporty suspension
2018 Volkswagen Passat GT Exterior Wallpaper quality
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Based on the R-Line trim...
The GT borrows the R-Line front Fascia.
While most special-edition Volkswagens barely stand out from the pack in terms of exterior features, the Passat GT has quite a few extra features to brag about

While most special-edition Volkswagens barely stand out from the pack in terms of exterior features, the Passat GT has quite a few extra features to brag about. The first thing that catches the eye is the red accent stripe on the upper grille and headlamps. Reminiscent of the iconic Golf GTI, the stripe also adorns the lower frame of the grille. The front fascia also sports a honeycomb grille with a "GT" badge and a bumper from the R-Line model, which features black accents and sportier side intakes. Additionally, it gets standard LED headlamps and daytime running lights.

Onto the sides, there’s black window trim and black mirror caps, as well as two-tone multi-spoke wheels. The red brake calipers add a dash of color from behind black-and-silver rims. The lowered ride height gives the sedan a sportier stance. The rear section received its fair share of upgrades too, starting with the black spoiler and the smoked LED taillights. The bumper comes with slim black trim, just like the lower door sections, while the standard exhaust pipe was replaced with a dual configuration. Four exterior colors are available for this model: Pure White (pictured), Reflex Silver, Platinum Grey, and Deep Black.

2018 Volkswagen Passat GT Interior
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The interior gets the GT treatment too
The sporty theme continues inside with piano black trim on the center console and fake carbon-fiber on the lower dashboard

The sporty theme continues inside with piano black trim on the center console and fake carbon-fiber on the lower dashboard. The headliner is also black for an almost all-black layout. The aluminum door sills feature "GT" badges. The seats are wrapped in black leatherette (yup, that’s not real leather unfortunately) with Moonrock Gray inserts and white contrast stitching. Extra standard features compared to the regular Passat include a leather steering wheel, eight-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, and heated mirrors

The 6.3-inch infotainment display comes standard with Bluetooth, voice control, and Volkswagen’s Car-Net App-Connect technology that offers compatible smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and MirrorLink.

Under the hood, the Passat GT packs the company’s familiar 3.6-liter VR6 engine. The unit cranks out a solid 280 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, making it the most powerful Passat available in the United States. All that oomph travels to the wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic and steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Despite being this powerful, the GT still returns good economy, being rated at 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. A sportier suspension setup provides a more dynamic experience behind the wheel.

2018 Volkswagen Passat GT Exterior
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Around back…
Which looks really nice...
The Passat GT is expected to arrive at dealers in the second quarter of 2018 with a start price of $29,090

The Passat GT is expected to arrive at dealers in the second quarter of 2018 with a start price of $29,090 (not including the $850 destination fee). That’s a $6,095 premium over the base model, but at the same time, it costs $2,560 less than the range-topping Passat SEL Premium.

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Press release

Today, Volkswagen of America, Inc., debuted the 2018 Passat GT special model at the North American International Auto Show. The production model, previewed by a concept at Automobility LA in 2016, was designed by the company’s North American engineering hub in Chattanooga, Tennessee, based on extensive feedback from U.S. customers and dealers.

“The Passat GT illustrates how the North American Region can shape Volkswagen vehicles specifically for the U.S. market,” said Dr. Matthias Erb, Chief Engineering Officer, North American Region, Volkswagen. “Combining a local perspective with our global engineering expertise allows us to create vehicles that meet the needs and desires of customers here.”

The Passat GT joins the Passat lineup for model year 2018 as a limited-run special model based off the R-Line® trim. It will be available in four exterior colors—Pure White, Reflex Silver, Platinum Grey, and Deep Black.

Starting at the front, Passat GT differentiates itself from standard Passat models with standard LED headlights and LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs). It borrows the R-Line® bumper and adds a honeycomb grille, GT badge, and a red accent line, reminiscent of the high-performance Golf GTI. A sport suspension gives it a more planted stance and cements the aggressive look.

Moving around the side of the vehicle, the GT receives sporty touches from top to bottom. A black roof is complimented by black mirror caps and black window and door trim. Two-tone 19-inch “Tornado” wheels are accentuated with red-painted brake calipers, another nod to Volkswagen’s performance heritage.

At the back, the Passat GT’s accents continue with a black spoiler and blackened LED taillights. The rear fascia also includes black bumper trim and a double exhaust with an acoustic package.

Inside, the GT features piano black center console and vent trim, carbon fiber optic décor, black headliner, and aluminum GT-badged sills. Seating surfaces are black leatherette with Moonrock Gray inserts and contrast stitching. Standard interior comfort features include: a leather-wrapped steering wheel, 8-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats, dual-zone Climatronic® automatic climate control, and heated side mirrors.

To keep passengers connected, the Passat GT features a Composition Media infotainment unit with 6.3-inch capacitive touchscreen display and standard Bluetooth® for compatible devices, Voice Control, and Volkswagen Car-Net® App-Connect technology that offers compatible smartphone integration with the three major platforms—Apple CarPlay™, Android Auto™ and MirrorLink®. GT models feature two USB ports—one in the center console and one in the rear seat console. SiriusXM® Satellite Radio is standard and includes a three-month trial.

The new Passat GT will be powered by Volkswagen’s 3.6-liter VR6® engine, making it a true sport sedan. Producing an impressive 280 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 258 lb-ft of torque at 2,500 rpm with regular fuel, it offers power and luxury-class driving comfort with surprising fuel economy—EPA estimated fuel economy is 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. Shifting is handled by a standard six-speed DSG® automatic transmission with Tiptronic®, which features steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

Every 2018 Passat model comes with the People First Warranty, America’s best bumper-to-bumper new vehicle limited warranty. The warranty provides coverage for six-years or 72,000-miles (whichever occurs first), and the warranty can be transferred to subsequent owners throughout the remainder of its duration.

The 2018 Passat GT is expected to arrive at U.S. Volkswagen dealers in the second quarter of 2018. Pricing for the Passat GT starts at $29,090. The destination charge is an additional $850.

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