Available as either a sedan or wagon, the new Passat R36 is the third model to debut under Volkswagen's R Series label.
Under the bonnet lies a naturally-aspirated 3.6-litre six-cylinder petrol engine producing peak power of 220kW and 350Nm.
This is coupled with VW's six speed Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG) transmission and 4MOTION all wheel drive system as standard equipment.
The result is Volkswagen's fastest current production model in the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h, with the sedan reaching the 100km/h mark in just 5.6 seconds and the wagon model lagging just 0.2 seconds behind.
The R36 variant is distinguishable from its less fortunate Passat counterparts with a host of R-range specific features including a new front bumper with radiator grille surround in matte chrome finish, a functional spoiler for the sedan and wagon, dual chrome exhaust pipes and a unique rear bumper.
A few more subtle exterior refinements have also been added such as the 18-inch “Omanyt” alloy wheels, colour coded wheel arch extensions, darkened rear tail light clusters, body side lower sill extensions and bi-xenon headlights with dynamic cornering.
The interior is equally as impressive, featuring a dark brushed aluminium décor, leather steering wheel with gear shift paddles, 12-way adjustable electric sports seats with electro-pneumatic side bolsters and leather combination upholstery, R36 door sill trims, new dashboard with white illumination and an automatic transmission selector lever.
A six disc CD changer with MP3 compatibility and 250W amplifier delivers crystal clear sound through 10 speakers, while rain sensing windscreen wipers, automatic dimming rear-view mirror and parking distance sensors, front and rear respond automatically to environmental changes outside.
Despite this impressive range of standard equipment, a premium 600W Dynaudio system, automatic tailgate, electric glass sunroof, sat nav, and rear view camera are also available as optional extras.
In addition to the active safety and agility of the 4MOTION all-wheel drive system, the R36 also boasts ABS with Brake Assist, electronic stability program, Electronic Brake-Pressure Distribution (EBD), Anti-Slip Regulation (ASR) and eight airbags.
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Passat R36 Sedan 6 speed DSG $64,990
Passat R36 Wagon 6 speed DSG $66,990