Alongside the previously-shown three-row Atlas SUV, VW will be bringing something sporty-ish to the LA Auto Show when the event opens its doors later this week. The Passat GT concept will introduce a set of flashy new design cues, a lowered ride height, and some other go-fast bits to note.
Under the hood, the stock 3.6-liter TSI VR6 engine remains, producing 280 horsepower (208 kilowatts). All that power is handled courtesy of a standard six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The key upgrade in performance, though, comes by way of the dual trapezoidal exhaust tips and sport muffler, which gives that power a more distinguishable note, and the reduced ride height, which sits 0.6 inches lower to the ground than stock.
The exterior features more than 20 subtle design changes over the stock model, the black honeycomb grille insert with red accent lines being the centerpiece, a nod to the legendary GTI. Other exterior upgrades include unique bumper treatments, black window surrounds, and even 19-inch Tornado wheels that cover red-painted brake calipers.
The interior follows a similar subtle refresh, introducing a carbon-fiber pattern on the door trim and instrument panel, and two-tone black and grey sport seats with contrast stitching. The upgrades accent the standard black headliner and piano black center console trim, which is available throughout the Passat range.
The Passat GT Concept was developed at the VW facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and will be on display at the LA Auto Show in coming days.
Gallery: VW Passat GT Concept
This week at Automobility LA, Volkswagen of America, Inc. will unveil the Passat GT concept,
designed by the company’s North American engineering hub in Chattanooga, Tenn. Combining fresh styling
updates with the powerful 280-hp VR6® engine, the Passat GT concept previews a potential addition to the
Passat lineup. The concept was created by Volkswagen’s North American Engineering and Planning Center in
Chattanooga based on extensive feedback from U.S. customers and dealers.
“The Passat GT is an early example of how the new Volkswagen North American Region will meet the needs and
desires of American customers going forward,” said Dr. Matthias Erb, Chief Engineering Officer, North American
Region, Volkswagen. “We have the freedom and the responsibility to shape future North American vehicles here
in the U.S., combining engineering resources from around the world with our unique perspective and talented
More than 20 design changes from the standard Passat mark the GT as a unique, eye-catching sedan. Starting
from the black honeycomb grille insert with red accent lines that harken to those on the Volkswagen Golf GTI,
the upgrades include unique bumper treatments, black window surrounds, a black roof and trunk spoiler, LED
headlights, smoked taillights, a dual trapezoidal exhaust and a sport muffler. The 19-inch Tornado wheels cover
red-painted brake calipers, and a 0.6-inch reduction in ride height gives the Passat GT concept a road-hugging
Inside, the Passat GT creates a sportier impression with carbon-fiber pattern door trim and instrument panel,
two-tone black-and-gray sport seats with contrast stitching, a black headliner and piano black center console
trim. Power comes from the Volkswagen 3.6-liter TSI®VR6, which makes 280 horsepower, tied to a six-speed
DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission, controlled through shift paddles behind the steering wheel.