We spent our weekend in Pekan, Pahang to witness the unveiling of the CKD Volkswagen Passat, and also caught an interesting sideshow featuring VW’s R cars. Last week, Volkswagen Passenger Cars Malaysia announced the availability of the R performance range in Malaysia, starting with the Golf R and Passat CC R-Line. We gave you a live gallery of the hot Golf yesterday, so let’s look at the big engined Passat CC today.
The Passat CC R-Line comes in with a big capacity 3.6 litre V6 engine with 300 PS and 350 Nm between 2,400 and 5,300 rpm. With six-pot firepower, the sleek sedan is actually faster than the Golf R to 100 km/h, by a tenth – 5.6 seconds versus 5.7.
Like the hot hatch, the flagship Passat CC also comes with a six-speed DSG, 4MOTION AWD and Adaptive Chassis Control (DCC). From the outside, you can spot the R-Line by its 18-inch “Mallory” wheels, panoramic tilting glass roof and R badges at the base of the A pillars. Bi-xenon and bending lights are also standard. It’s all very subtle.
Inside, the top dog CC is enhanced with aluminium front scuff plates with the R logo, sports seats finished in Nappa leather, a flat-bottomed multifunction steering wheel, brushed aluminium inserts and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.
Also on the kit list are Climatronic with dual-zone control, DYNAUDIO 600-watt “Confidence” sound system with 10 speakers, keyless entry and start, electronic parking brake with hill hold and auto hold, Park Distance Control with Rear Assist reverse camera and the RNS510 touch screen stereo with integrated sat nav.
The Passat CC R-Line is priced at RM373,888. Choose from nine colours – Urano Grey, Candy White, Night Blue, Reflex Silver, Light Brown, Iron Grey, Deep Black, Mocca Anthracite and Icelandic Grey. Want the style but not the engine? The Passat CC 2.0 TSI (210 PS/280 Nm) is priced from RM254,888 to RM269,888.