Volkswagen 's popular midsizer remained a strong seller since its last major remodel for the model year. It looked good, handled nicely, and served well as a smart -priced alternative to some of the costlier German brands. Now, the Passat would have power, too--and not just from a turbo option, but via a revolutionary new engine architecture based on a "W" instead of a "V. Sport suspension and a six-speed stick? Sounded like a bargain-priced alternative to a i Sport or A6 4.
Long-Term Test Verdict: 2003 Volkswagen Passat W8 Sport
Volkswagen Passat W8 Review, Price, Specs & Road Test - Motor Trend
However, the Passat W8 is no small car. It has a powerful, eight-cylinder engine, a Porsche five-speed Tiptronic automatic transmission, a horde of high-tech refinements and a luxurious interior. Without a W8 badge, it would take a Passat connoisseur to pick a W8 out of a Passat lineup. However, this is the only version of Passat with gas-discharge Xenon headlamps, headlamp washers and chrome dual exhaust tips. Passat is built on a slightly longer wheelbase version of the Audi A4 body platform.
For $12,000, Is This 2003 VW Passat W8 Wagon A Dope Ride?
What if, however, your hipster cred demanded that you broke with such traditions, what eight-pot car would you then buy? Let me introduce you to this Volkswagen Passat and its W8 engine. That concept of scrunching up pistons was invented by Lancia in the s and has been used by VW in their VR5 and VR6 engines to some acclaim.
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