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Volkswagen Passat GT wants to be a GTI for grown-ups

Volkswagen Passat GT wants to be a GTI for grown-ups

The GT combines the sportier show and V-6 go - and splits the difference in sticker price to start at $29,940 (all prices include the destination charge).

The GT joins the 2018 Passat lineup as a limited-run special model based off the R-Line trim. "Combining a local perspective with our global engineering expertise allows us to create vehicles that meet the needs and desires of customers here". On Jan. 1, Volkswagen had the largest days supply of unsold inventory of any brand in the USA - 146 days.

VW says that the Passat GT will go on sale late spring and it will be offered in four exterior hues: Pure White, Reflex Silver, Platinum Grey, and Deep Black.

The production model looks almost identical to the concept Passat GT that VW revealed at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. It's paired with a six-speed DSG automatic transmission, with paddle shifters on the steering wheel.

Fuel economy is estimated by the Environmental Protection Agency at 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg highway.

The new Passat GT was designed at Volkswagen's Engineering and Planning Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The look of on the outside matches the performance under the hood.

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Starting at the front, Passat GT differentiates itself from standard Passat models with standard LED headlights and LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs).

Up front, the Passat GT gets a R-Line bumper, honeycomb grille, GT badge, and a red accent line.

It rolls on two-tone 19-inch "Tornado" wheels that sport red-painted brake calipers.

Moving around the side of the vehicle, the GT receives sporty touches from top to bottom. Additionally, the car's black roof is complimented by black mirror caps and black window and door trim. Around back there's a black spoiler, blackened LED taillights, black bumper trim, and a duel exhaust.

The Passat GT features a load of technology including the option for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The center console is piano black, as is the vent trim, and there are carbon fiber optic trim pieces. Seating surfaces are black leatherette with Moonrock Gray inserts and contrast stitching. Dual-zone climate control and an 8-way power driver's seat are also included.

The standard touchscreen is the Passat's larger 6.3-inch display with VW's Car-Net connectivity, smartphone integration and satellite radio capability.


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