2007 Volkswagen Passat R36 review and pictures

Posted on Saturday, 18 November 2006 , 20:11:11 byEmil

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Volkswagen Passat R36

Volkswagen revealed the new Passat R36 model, the fastest Passat ever built and the fastest estate car Volkswagen has ever produced. The vehicle is powered by a 3.6-liter FSI V6 engine capable of developing 300 BHP. All the output is being transferred to all four wheels through an ultra-responsive, six-speed DSG transmission. At each corner are revised springs and dampers linked to up-rated brake discs and calipers to add more bite under heavy deceleration. At the rear a deeper bumper houses a pair of chrome-tipped tailpipes and revised light lenses. The car is capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.6 seconds and to reach an electronically limited maximum speed of 155 mph. The model will have its first official public display at the Essen Motor Show in November. The price remains unknown.

Volkswagen is set to release its most potent 'R' model yet - the Passat R36. Joining the Golf R32 and only the second model in the Volkswagen line-up to carry the 'R' badge the new car will be not only the fastest Passat but also the fastest estate car Volkswagen has ever produced. The basis for the R36 is a new 3.6-liter FSI V6 engine developing 300 bhp. It's mated to an ultra-responsive, six-speed DSG gearbox channeling drive through all four wheels to maximize traction. At each corner are revised springs and dampers linked to uprated brake discs and calipers to add more bite under heavy deceleration. Clothing the mechanical changes is a bespoke bodykit which at the front incorporates a trio of deep airdams drawing a family resemblance with the Golf R32. Deep sideskirts and chrome highlights are framed by unique 18-inch wheels wrapped in 235/40 R18 tires. At the rear a deeper bumper houses a pair of chrome-tipped tailpipes and revised light lenses. Gripping the driver and front seat passenger are a set of sculpted sports seats bearing the R36 logo. The dashboard is finished in brushed aluminum panels set into which are a set of unique dials joined by a sports steering wheel and bespoke 'R' polished pedals. Equipment levels, as with the standard Passat, remain high with ABS, ESP (Electronic Stabilization Program), Xenon headlights, 2Zone electronic climate control, a heated windscreen and seats, six airbags and a radio/CD player. The R36 takes its place as the fastest production Passat with a claimed 0 to 62 mph time of 5.6 seconds. It electronically limited to maximum of 155 mph. The Passat R36 makes its public debut at the Essen Motorshow on November 30th. Prices will be announced closer to the UK launch in 2007.