So, you missed out on that manual-transmission, W8 Passat wagon from last year. That's a bummer, but it's not the end of the world. The saints at Greenwood Motorsports have cooked up something just as tasty: a one-of-one . When this car showed up at the shop with a nuked 2.0-liter four-cylinder, the guys did the only sensible thing and plopped the beating heart from a Euro-spec Golf R behind the headlights. Oh, they threw in the six-speed manual from a GTI, too.
Not satisfied with their handiwork, they went on a parts bender. The transmission got a Quaife limited slip to help keep torque steer at bay. Handy, because between the K04 turbo, APR tune, a performance intake, and the custom exhaust, the engine puts down north of 330 horsepower. That old W8 made 275.
But the car is more than its motor. Greenwood went full bore. The wagon's lowered on ISM coilovers, and a Brembo Motorsports brake set up helps bring the thing down from speed. This is not some eBay kit, either. We're talking massive calipers and two-piece rotors. What do you do with all that hardware? Show it off, hence the 19x8.5 inch Rotiform NUE wheels wrapped Pirelli P Zero rubber.
A subtle Votex body kit wraps up the changes outside, but the interior received no less attention. The old beige bits went in the dumpster in favor of two-tone dark-brown leather, while the infotainment got an upgrade in the form of the latest kit from VW, along with the company's premium sound system.
It is spectacularly clean, and perhaps the best way to lug a brood of drooling children to school and back without losing your mind or your dignity. And, with an asking price of $24,900, it will cost you a shave more than a brand-new, base Golf. No extra charge for the CEL that will inevitably burn itself into your retinas.