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Title: VW Passat R36 Announced
Post by: 34k on November 15, 2006, 03:07:07 PM
http://www.vwvortex.com/artman/publish/vortex_news/article_1871.shtml

Now they just need to get on squeezing that mill into a Golf...

(http://www.vwvortex.com/artman/uploads/r36p_8002.jpg)
Title: Re: VW Passat R36 Announced
Post by: 03Indigo on November 15, 2006, 03:33:20 PM
Hit!!!

I'll take the wagon edition....300hp, all wheel drive.  I may have just found my next sport wagon :)
Title: Re: VW Passat R36 Announced
Post by: aowhaus on November 15, 2006, 03:37:07 PM
The pricing along with the very subtle styling will make it a really hard sell.  It will probably suffer the same fate as the B5.5 W8.  VW could at least draw more styling cues from the R-GT concept they showed at SEMA.

The BMW 3-series is sportier and has more prestige for the same kind of money -- even the restyled 2007 Infiniti G35 is a relative bargain compared to it.  The curb weight on the R36 would limit it's performance greatly.
Personally I'd rather take a fully loaded A3 V6 DSG.

The turned aluminum interior trim looks really nice.
Title: Re: VW Passat R36 Announced
Post by: 34k on November 15, 2006, 03:39:12 PM
Quote from: "03Indigo";p="53113"
I may have just found my next sport wagon :)


If you live in Europe  :cry: They said there's no plans for a US version, but VWOA wants feedback on it.

5.6 sec 0-62mph
not bad for a pig!  :twisted:
Title: Re: VW Passat R36 Announced
Post by: gragravar on November 15, 2006, 03:58:56 PM
no manual tranny.  :-(  skip.
Title: Re: VW Passat R36 Announced
Post by: 03Indigo on November 15, 2006, 05:32:51 PM
Betsy won't drive a manual....so the tip will be fine for me.

I took this from the article....where does it say they are NOT bringing it to the US?

 For the German market which only gets the 250hp 3.2l VR6 version of the Passat, this is a significant increase in power. However the U.S. market already gets the 3.6l with 280hp, so the additional 20hp in the R36 while nice, is much less of a bump. Volkswagen claims the R36 scoots from 0-62 mph in 5.6 seconds which is fairly decent for the portly all-wheel-drive sedan.
Title: Re: VW Passat R36 Announced
Post by: 34k on November 15, 2006, 06:38:57 PM
"We aren't worrying too much though as there are currently no plans to bring the R36 to the U.S. market which is a shame as we always like a few roudy ones in the group."

:D
Title: Re: VW Passat R36 Announced
Post by: 03Indigo on November 15, 2006, 07:43:42 PM
:oops:

guess I should have read the end of the article.  Kinda stupid that they compared it to the existing US market.  Makes me want to move to Europe, they get all the cool cars over there. :roll:
Title: Re: VW Passat R36 Announced
Post by: jayryan on November 16, 2006, 07:27:42 AM
Quote from: "aowhaus";p="53114"
The pricing along with the very subtle styling will make it a really hard sell.  It will probably suffer the same fate as the B5.5 W8.  VW could at least draw more styling cues from the R-GT concept they showed at SEMA.

The BMW 3-series is sportier and has more prestige for the same kind of money -- even the restyled 2007 Infiniti G35 is a relative bargain compared to it.  The curb weight on the R36 would limit it's performance greatly.
Personally I'd rather take a fully loaded A3 V6 DSG.

The turned aluminum interior trim looks really nice.


Right. But IIRC, they made the same arguments about the R32. And look at how "well" that car has done, especially with enthusiasts. There's just something "different" about VW's R cars. Not sure what it is, but it's enough for me to take one over a straight HP/Features comparison to another brand. Besides, there's always the L337 factor in that it's not just another bimmer or Audi. In any case, I'll bet just like the R32, this cars just feels different...