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GT-nised VW Passat concept shown in LA


Following on from the Gol GT concept shown in Brazil last week, Volkswagen North America used the Los Angeles Motor Show to launch a GT version of its own, this time based on the Passat.

Said to preview what could be expected if put into production, the GT gets a number of cosmetic tweaks compared the standard model, in the form of 19-inch Tornado alloy wheels, red accented honeycomb grille, revised front and rear bumpers, black window surrounds and boot spoiler, smoked headlights, dual trapezoidal chrome grille with sports silencer, LED headlights and a slightly lowered ride height.

Inside, the interior gains carbon fibre inserts on the doors and instrument panel, two tone black-and-grey sports seats with contrasting stitching, black headliner and a piano key black centre console finish. Using the flagship VR6 as a base, the GT remains mechanically unchanged however, with the 3.6-litre V6 still producing 206 kW and 350 N.m of torque, and drive going to all four wheels through a six-speed DSG box.

As the US-spec Passat differs from the European sourced model sold in South Africa, don't expect the GT to arrive on local dealership floors soon if it does become a production reality.

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