Volkwagen will be showcasing the above tuned up Passat at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show. It’s called the Volkswagen Passat Performance Concept, and it’s been tuned up to 250 horsepower, mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission.
The 250 horses have been derived from the EA888 1.8 litre engine. The fact that 250 horses can be so easily achieved and the fact that the next generation Golf platform-based range of cars seem to have 1.8 litre instead of 2.0 litre engines as range toppers open doors to the possibility that the next generation GTI models could have 1.8 litre engines instead of 2.0 litre ones.
Other than the engine, other differences with the Passat Performance Concept is a dual exhaust system, 19-inch “Luxor” alloy wheels, Bi-Xenon headlights including Advanced Front Lighting System (AFS) and LED taillights and carbon applications on its mirror caps. Inside, carbon-like touches dominate the dashboard, matching the carbon-style inserts on two-color leather seating surfaces and complementing the black headliner and side pillars. A lowered sport suspension and electro-mechanical steering enhance the handling.
You’ll notice that this Passat doesn’t look like the one sold in Malaysia and it isn’t just because of the upgraded stuff like the fancy wheels that they’ve strapped on. This is the US market Passat, which is larger than the European Passat that we get. You’ll notice it has a different rear end design with a number plate that’s mounted on the boot lid instead of the bumper.