Is the 2018 Volkswagen Passat GT Really a Sports Sedan? | Track Test | Edmunds

Edmunds Road Test Editor Kurt Niebuhr takes a closer look at the 2018 Volkswagen Passat GT to see what sets it apart from every other Passat. Starting at the track, we run the GT down the quarter-mile before heading to the handling circuit to get a feel for the character of this sportier Passat. After that, it's over to the garage for a closer look at some of the details that make this Passat a GT.

Q: Does the 2018 Volkswagen Passat GT have a different engine from other Passats?
A: The Passat GT uses the same 280-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine available in other Passats. So, no. That said, it does make a bit more of a growl thanks to GT-specific mufflers.

Q: Does the 2018 Volkswagen Passat GT come with a manual transmission?
A: We wish! The Passat GT uses Volkswagen's six-speed DSG automatic transmission.

Q: What makes the 2018 Volkswagen Passat GT different from other Passats?
A: On the outside, the GT sets itself apart with R-Line bumpers, LED headlights, a honeycomb grille with a red accent line, GT badging, black mirrors, a black roof, a black spoiler and smoked taillights, among other things. On the inside, the GT features special two-tone leather seats with contrasting stitching on both the seating surfaces and the steering wheel.

Q: What does the 2018 Volkswagen Passat GT compete against?
A: The closest competitors would be the 2018 Toyota Camry SE V6 and the 2018 Nissan Altima V6, but a completely redesigned 2019 Nissan Altima is on its way.

Read our review of the 2018 Passat here:

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