Volkswagen Passat Performance Concept revealed ahead of Detroit debut

Volkswagen Passat Performance Concept
Volkswagen Passat Performance Concept

1.8 TSI with 250 hp

Volkswagen will be bringing to the Detroit Motor Show next week the Passat Performance Concept.

The main highlight of this production-ready concept is a 4-cylinder, 1.8-liter turbocharged engine from the EA888 family which is capable of developing 250 hp (186 kW). Already available in Europe and Asia, this TSI power unit is set to replace later this year the 2.5-liter inline-5 in United States. In this concept it comes connected to a 6-speed automatic transmission.

Looking slightly revised, this could turn out to be a preview of a future R-Line model. Riding on 19-inch alloys and with a lowered sports suspension, the Passat Performance Concept comes with a revised front bumper featuring honeycomb inserts, bi-xenon headlights and LED taillights. Also at the back there are dual pipes, while inside the cabin Volkswagen says it has two-tone leather upholstery, carbon-like inserts on the dashboard and a black headliner.

Source: Volkswagen


- All-new 1.8 TSI engine delivers 250 horsepower and gives a sneak-peek at upcoming sport sedan
- Bi-Xenon-Headlights with Advanced Front Lighting System (AFS) and LED taillights
- Carbon-style detailing inside and out

2012 will go down in the Volkswagen Passat’s history as its best sales year ever, with 117,023 units sold of the designed-for-America, Chattanooga-built family sedan. In an exercise to hint at Volkswagen’s efforts to explore this practical four-door’s sportier side, Volkswagen will unveil the Passat Performance Concept at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The most notable alteration in this concept isn’t something you’d see right away—it’s under the hood. The Passat Performance Concept features a unique modification of the Volkswagen EA888 1.8 liter turbocharged and direct-injected TSI® four-cylinder engine, which delivers 250 horsepower (184 kW) and is matched to a six-speed automatic transmission. In its existing form, this engine is already available—and popular—among the European and Asian markets.

The Passat Performance Concept further differentiates itself from the regular Passat with a dual exhaust, 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.

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Comments (14)

Joao Oliveira Joao Oliveira
Doesn't look sporty at all
Jan 12th, 2013 7:28pm
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lay0027 lay0027
Is it me or does it have rear end similar to a BMW 3 series?
Jan 11th, 2013 10:26pm
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It's not just you buddy, I was also thinking about the e90 rear when I first saw this.
Jan 11th, 2013 10:39pm
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Garais877 Garais877
i just has same tought :)
Jan 12th, 2013 12:20am
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CoyRoy CoyRoy
Jan 11th, 2013 8:28pm
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Ratt Ratt
You can sell it as an Audi also, just put their badge, or Skoda in about 10 years, no surprise when it comes to the Volkswagen group.
Jan 11th, 2013 6:43pm
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hunker7 hunker7
Hate how VW took Audi's LED tech and present them as theirs. Skoda and Seat didn't get any. And GTurbo, have to agree, only alloys says perfomance, they should put some quad exhaust and body kit for it to look performance-ish. When is the last time you saw in news saying 'VW's new technology' or ' VW has come up with .....' They just take everything from Audi.
Jan 11th, 2013 6:06pm
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New Leon and Ibiza already have LED lights
Jan 11th, 2013 6:42pm
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hunker7 hunker7
yes, but that is like 4-5 if not more years later?
Jan 12th, 2013 3:57am
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tbrodie tbrodie
You know that Audi is a VW brand, right? Various VWs have had LED tailights for a while. Think about, from a marketing standpoint, why you'd want to introduce technology on your premium brand and let various functionality trickle down. I think if you spend some time on the VW and Audi links on this site that you'll see that Audi too will pluck from VW (A3 Sportback from GTI, etc.). Not being particularly enamored or offended with the LED line (geez), I do hope they don't make the R line just a trim package. I was hoping for at least 4motion.
Jan 12th, 2013 7:36am
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pzxpjy pzxpjy
The Passat NMS is manufactured in both US and China. Most of the Chinese version Passats have the LED front light as standard, while the US version never offers the LED.
Jan 12th, 2013 10:46am
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Also, Skoda Octavia RS has LED daylights since 2009
Jan 12th, 2013 9:57pm
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dmanero dmanero
How is this a concept, looks like the previous production model. oh and ausi would like their taillights back. Comeon guys I know auti is owned why WV (or the otherway round) but you not come up with your own design and not take them from the Audi bin of parts.
Jan 11th, 2013 5:53pm
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GTurbo GTurbo
Performance?! Am I looking at the same screen or is this Passat simply too plain to warrant such a qualification? Apart from the 19-inch R-Line rims, what else screams 'Performance' on this thing? Come on VeeDub, lighten up a little!
Jan 11th, 2013 5:49pm
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