Volkswagen created the Passat GT concept with styling cues that evoke the company’s GTI hot hatch. The Passat GT gets a red outline for the honeycomb grille, LED headlights, smoked taillights, and bumper treatments. The window surrounds, spoiler, and roof are all blacked-out, and Volkswagen tuned the muffler to sound sportier through the quad exhaust outlets. The Passat GT rolls on big 19-inch “Tornado” wheels.
Inside, the Passat GT has a carbon-fiber pattern for the door and dashboard panels, black and gray sport seats, and a piano black center console. All told, there is more than 20 changes over the regular Passat sedan. Meanwhile, the Passat’s VR six-cylinder, rated at 280 horsepower paired with a six-speed DSG gearbox, continues unchanged.
The GT concept was created by VW‘s North American engineering team in response to feedback from the company’s dealers and US customers.
“We have the freedom and the responsibility to shape future North American vehicles here in the US, combining engineering resources from around the world with our unique perspective and talented local team,” Matthias Erb, VW chief engineering officer, North American region, said in a statement.
As of now, the GT concept sits only as a “potential addition” to the Passat lineup. But seeing as how production-ready it looks, don’t be surprised if it starts showing up in VW dealers near you.