The sporty Volkswagen Passat GT concept first shown back in November 2016 is heading to production for the 2018 model year. It remains virtually unchanged from the car we saw back then, equipped with a VR6 engine, a six-speed dual-clutch transmission, and sporty trim inside and out.
The Passat GT will hit dealerships in the US as part of a limited-run special model based off the R-Line trim. The Passat GT's 3.6-liter VR6 makes 280 horsepower and 256 lb-ft of torque and sends power to the front wheels only, just the same as the R-Line.
As far as exterior changes, the Passat GT gets LED lighting front and rear, a blacked-out honeycomb bumper with GTI-esque red strips running across the fascia, a black roof, a black spoiler, black mirror caps, 19-inch wheels, red brake calipers, and a dual exhaust. Buyers have a choice between Pure White, Reflex Silver, Platinum Grey, and Deep Black. Inside, the GT gets piano black trim, black headliner, gray seat inserts with contrast stitching, and "GT" badges on each doorsill.
Pricing for the Passat GT starts at $29,090, an additional $850 destination fee. It will make its first appearance at the Detroit Auto Show next week before heading to dealers later this year.