By Matt Schmitz on January 7, 2014
When we saw Volkswagen's Passat Performance concept at the last year's North American International Auto Show in Detroit, it seemed conventional enough to reach mass production. This week, the German automaker announced just that: The 2014 Passat Sport is set to arrive at dealerships in early 2014, starting at $27,295, including an $820 destination charge.
Volkswagen positions the performance-focused midsize sedan in its lineup between the midlevel SE and range-topping SEL Premium trims. "The 2014 Volkswagen Passat Sport takes a number of design cues from the concept car to offer an athletic-leaning take on the award-winning sedan," the automaker stated.
The Sport is available with a new turbocharged 1.8-liter four-cylinder, which makes 170 horsepower (about 32 percent less than the 250 hp announced with the concept) and 184 pounds-feet of torque. The engine can be mated to either a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.
By and large, the Passat Sport looks like a regular Passat, but with some identifying features, including 19-inch wheels, a rear spoiler, fog lights, a unique interior with sport comfort seats, carbon trim accents, aluminum sport pedals, paddle shifters, stainless-steel door sills and model-specific floormats. That's in addition to features already available on the SE trim, including Volkswagen's Car-Net multimedia system, a backup camera, heated front seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
The Sport is available in three colors: the model-exclusive Urano Gray, Candy White and Tungsten Silver; the latter two are accompanied by a black roof and black mirror caps.
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