2007 Volkswagen Passat R36 Variant review and pictures

Posted on Sunday, 3 December 2006 , 18:12:32 byEmil

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Volkswagen Passat R36 Variant

German carmaker Volkswagen will present the new Passat R36 at the Essen Motor Show. Under the hood it hides a 3.6-liter 6-cylinder direct injection gasoline engine capable of developing 300 horsepower. This output enables the car to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.6 seconds and to reach a top speed of 250 km/h. All the power is being transferred to the wheels through a direct shift gearbox and four-wheel drive. The new model features a newly designed spoiler on the luggage compartment lid and it runs on a new set of 18-inch alloy wheels. A special highlight is the optionally available 14-way leather seating system with seats that are electrically adjustable on the sides, affording optimal side support for drivers and passengers of different sizes.

In a world premiere Volkswagen will be presenting the new Passat R36 at the Essen Motor Show on November 30. A 220 kW / 300 hp 3.6 liter six cylinder direct injection gasoline engine will power to the most powerful Passat of all time. As part of standard equipment power transmission is handled by a direct shift gearbox (DSG) and permanent four-wheel drive (4MOTION). The top speed of the sedan is an electronically regulated 250 km/h. In terms of speed, the Passat R36 outstrips every other Volkswagen in accelerating from 0 to 100 km/h: the sedan reaches the 100 km/h mark in 5.6 seconds (5.8 seconds for the Variant).

The new Passat R36 was conceived by Volkswagen Individual, the specialist team for very fast and/or special models. Following the Golf R32, the Passat R36 will be the second series version to be debuting under the ¡°R¡± sports label. The ¡°R32¡å label already represents a top-selling model; the first Golf R32 (177 kW / 241 hp) based on the fourth Golf generation and introduced in midsummer 2002, took off better than expected in every way; 14,000 cars were sold. On the foundation of this success the idea arose to develop a whole series of R models in the future. In Autumn 2005 the second Golf R32, 184 kW / 250 hp, equipped with 4MOTION four-wheel drive as standard equipment, was introduced. It was also a terrific seller. And it continues to sell well today. Starting in Summer 2007 the ¡°R36¡å will show how sporty a Passat Sedan and a Passat Variant can be.

Visually, with a whole range of specific features the new Passat R36 shows that it is the most dynamic model of the globally successful series. Special features of the front section: an R-specific bumper and a crest radiator grill in matte chrome finish. Other R exclusives are the dual fins of the upper radiator grill designed in aluminum look and the radiator air inlets in slatted look.

The rear of the Passat R36 sedan features a newly designed spoiler on the luggage compartment lid; in the case of the Passat Variant R36 a new roof edge spoiler provides additional downward force to the rear axle. Identical for both body versions: the chrome dual exhaust pipes. On the sides it is, among other things, the newly designed 18-inch ¡°Omanyt¡± alloy wheels and wheel arch extensions in the car color that were specially developed for the Passat R36.

An overview of R36 exterior details:- Chrome exhaust pipe ends
- Bi-xenon headlights
- Disk brake calipers painted black
- Roof edge spoiler (Variant)
- Trunk lid spoiler (Sedan)
- Radiator grill in matte chrome, fins in aluminum look and ¡°R36¡å lettering
- Air grille in slatted look
- R-specific bumpers front and back
- Rear LED tinted lights
- Wheel arch extensions in car color
- Chrome protective trim on sides and back
- Door sill extensions in car color
- Door closing trim in car color
- 18 inch ¡°Omanyt¡± alloy wheels (tires: 235/40)

Similar to the Golf R32, Volkswagen Individual designed interior equipment especially for the sportiest Passat. The instruments and middle console are finished in ¡°Engine Spin¡± d¨¦cor. The leather steering wheel in R design is especially slip-proof; it features an R36 logo in the lower spokes. The pedals have a stainless steel finish. In addition, as standard equipment the Passat R36 will be delivered with a sport seating system together with electric 12-way adjustment, R36 door sill trims, new instrument lights (white illumination) and an automatic transmission selector lever in aluminum look. A special highlight is the optionally available 14-way leather seating system with seats that are electrically adjustable on the sides, affording optimal side support for drivers and passengers of different sizes.

An overview of R36 interior details:
- Automatic transmission selector lever in aluminum look
- Engine Spin d¨¦cor inlays, light-colored
- Door sill trims with R36 lettering in front
- Instrument cluster with R logo and white illumination
- R design pedal caps
- R-specific multifunctional steering wheel
- Seat covers and door coverings in flat woven fabric ¡°Monte Carlo¡± design
- Sport seats in front, 12-way electric, R logo on backrest
- Sport seating system in back, separately folding backrests with middle armrest
- Heatable front and outer rear seats