VR6 is back! – Passat GT

Volkswagen gives its VR6 sedan an R-Line equivalent.

Volkswagen is debuting a “GT” variant of its Passat sedan in Detroit this week, giving the VR6-powered model a sporty exterior package akin to the R-Line trim available on turbocharged models.

First off, let’s talk about what this car is not: It isn’t a competitor to the (costlier) Fusion Sport. Powertrain-wise, it’s no different from a standard six-cylinder model–no turbocharged VR6 engine or anything trick like that.

VW claims the GT is the product of “extensive” feedback from its dealer network, which seems to translate to buyers being annoyed that the slick R-Line appearance kit was limited to turbocharged cars. The VR6 is the most expensive Passat, after all, so it’s no surprise that its comparatively big-ticket buyers felt annoyed that they couldn’t get in on the action.

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