VW Passat's technical project manager Heiko Nause expressed his desire to launch a range-topping R version.

VW Passat's technical project manager Heiko Nause expressed his desire to launch a range-topping R version.

 

In an interview with Motoring, the man in charge of the latest Passat admitted there is request for a high-performance derivative and "many people are talking about it", but refused to confirm that an R version is on the agenda for the mid-size model. Nevertheless, Nause went on to specify he "would love to do it" and that he's "all for it", leaving the door a little bit open after adding "you can never tell the future."

 

When asked whether this hypothetical Passat R would use a gasoline engine or a diesel, he's response was: "my lips are sealed." If green-lighted for production, such a model would act as a spiritual successor for the short-lived Passat R36 from the B6 generation which was available in both sedan and wagon body styles.

As a reminder, back in October last year we heard Volkswagen's head of powertrain development, Dr Heinz-Jakob Neusser, saying the company is analyzing the prospects of coming out with more R models and the Passat is obviously a worthy candidate.

Note: Volkswagen Passat R400 render by X-Tomi Design pictured.

 

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