The 2018 VW Passat GT Isn't More Powerful, But It Looks Neat

2018 VW Passat GT affordable sports sedan debuts in Detroit

Volkswagen Passat GT Sport Sedan Finally Arrives In The US

Volkswagen will produce a limited run of a USA -made Passat GT this year, part of its plans to juice interest as the sedan prepares for a redesign in 2019 onto the automaker's global MQB platform.

The Passat GT will hit dealerships in the USA as part of a limited-run special model based off the R-Line trim. It will make its first appearance at the Detroit Auto Show next week before heading to dealers later this year. On Jan. 1, Volkswagen had the largest days supply of unsold inventory of any brand in the US - 146 days.

The production model looks almost identical to the concept Passat GT that VW revealed at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show.

Volkswagen Passat GT Sport Sedan Finally Arrives In The US

VW's newest performance offering gets a 3.6-liter VR6 engine, putting out 280 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 258 lb-ft of torque at 2,500 rpm with regular fuel. Shifting is handled by a standard six-speed DSG® automatic transmission with Tiptronic®, which features steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

The new Passat GT will be powered by Volkswagen's 3.6-liter VR6® engine, making it a true sport sedan.

VW claims that its EPA estimated fuel economy is 19 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.

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The look of on the outside matches the performance under the hood. The Passat GT rides on two-tone, 19-inch "Tornado" wheels that include a view of the red brake calipers. The R-Line's bumper is carried over, but the Passat GT throws in a honeycomb grille and a red accent line, which is meant to remind you of the Golf GTI. The roof is black and so are the mirror caps, window, and door trim.

At the back, the Passat GT's accents continue with a black spoiler and blackened LED taillights. The rear fascia also includes black bumper trim and a double exhaust with an acoustic package.

The Passat GT features a load of technology including the option for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The seats are black leatherette with Moonrock Gray inserts and contrast stitching.

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On the inside, the GT features piano black center console and vent trim, carbon fiber optic décor, black headliner, and aluminum GT-badged sills. A leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, driver's power seat, dual climate control and heated side mirrors are among Passat GT's standard features.

Automakers can't just offer performance without some technological goodies.

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