, 2018-10-09 10:11:18
Extra Special: The 2018 Volkswagen Passat GT is in a class by itself. - VW Pulse

Extra Special: The 2018 Volkswagen Passat GT is in a class by itself.

Volkswagen Canada recently debuted a new 2018 Passat GT that joins the lineup as a limited-run special model that will be available in four exterior colours—Pure White, Reflex Silver, Platinum Grey and Deep Black.

Starting at the front, the Passat GT differentiates itself from other models with standard LED headlights and LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs). It borrows the R-Line bumper and adds a honeycomb grille, GT badge and a red accent line reminiscent of the high-performance Golf GTI. A sport suspension gives it a more planted stance and cements its aggressive look.

Moving around to the side, the GT receives sporty touches from top to bottom. A black roof is complemented by black mirror caps and black window and door trim. Two-tone 19-inch Tornado wheels are accentuated with red-painted brake calipers—another nod to the Volkswagen performance heritage.

The rear fascia includes black bumper trim and a dual exhaust with an acoustic package.

Inside, it features piano black center console and vent trim, carbon fibre optic décor, black headliner and aluminium GT-badged sills. Seating surfaces are black leatherette with Moonrock Grey inserts and contrast stitching. Standard interior comfort features include: a leather-wrapped steering wheel, eight-way power driver’s seat, heated front seats, dual-zone Climatronic automatic climate control and heated side mirrors.

To keep passengers connected, the Passat GT features a Composition Media infotainment unit with 6.3-inch capacitive touchscreen display and standard Bluetooth for compatible devices, Voice Control and App-Connect technology that offers compatible smartphone integration with the three major platforms—Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and MirrorLink. GT models feature two USB ports—one in the center console and one in the rear seat console. SiriusXM Satellite Radio is standard and includes a three-month trial.

The new Passat GT will be powered by Volkswagen’s 3.6-litre VR6 engine, making it a true sport sedan, producing an impressive 280 hp at 6,200 rpm and 258 lb-ft of torque at 2,500 rpm with regular fuel. Shifting is handled by a standard six-speed DSG automatic transmission with Tiptronic, which features steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters.

The 2018 Passat GT is expected to arrive at Volkswagen dealers in the second quarter of 2018, priced starting at $33,795.

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