The Volkswagen Passat W8 is one of the company's most intriguing
offerings ever. During its three year lifespan the Passat W8
was only sold in limited numbers. Its discreet styling, high
price, yet startling performance meant that only connoisseurs
and those in the know would be putting orders in. If you ever
see one on the streets give the driver a knowing nod, they deserve
The Passat W8 was conceived as a way to ease the public into
accepting VW as a more upmarket brand - prior to the Volkswagen
Phaeton's introduction. It didn't really work. But you can't
blame the car!
The engine of the Volkswagen Passat W8 was an unusual beast.
It was a W8 configuration, essentially made up from two narrow
angle V4 engines fused together which shared a common crankshaft.
The engine produced 275 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque.
Power was sent to all four wheels and the car could hit 60 mph
in just 6.5 seconds. Top speed was a truly Germanic 155 mph.
In the styling department, the Volkswagen Passat W8 didn't shout
about its performance. There were a few details and special
bits which marked it out though. Quad exhausts, 17 inch multispoke
alloy wheels, stiffer and lower suspension, and discreet W8
badging were the most obvious exterior modifications.
The interior of the Volkswagen Passat W8 was well equipped.
Features and options included; xenon headlights, an array of
8 airbags, heated seats, climate control, electric windows and
mirrors, and remote central locking.
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