Derek Black: 'R' plate Passat follows Golf
Volkswagen is set to release its most potent 'R' model yet - the Passat R36 to join the Golf R32. Only the second model in the Volkswagen line-up to carry the badge, it is the most potent Passat ever produced.
The 3.6-litre FSI V6 engine develops 300 PS and is mated to an ultra-responsive, six-speed DSG gearbox driving through all four wheels.
Suspension has been tightened up with revised springs, and there are uprated brake discs and calipers.
Clothing the mechanical changes is a body kit that retains a family resemblance with the Golf R32.
There are deep side skirts and chrome highlights framed by 18-inch wheels wrapped with fat tyres.
The R36 takes its place as the fastest production Passat with a claimed 0 to 62 mph time of 5.6 seconds.
The estate version, also fitted with all-wheel drive, returns a time of 5.8 seconds.
Both are electronically limited to a potential 155mph top speed..
Prices will be announced closer to the UK launch in 2007.