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206kW, AWD Volkswagen Passat R-Line coming in November

2015 Volkswagen Passat Sedan front quarter

Volkswagen Australia has announced it will be introducing a 206kW, all-wheel drive Passat R-Line in November.

Billed as the spiritual successor to the iconic Passat R36, the 206TSI Passat R-Line is available as a sedan or wagon and shares its power and drivetrain with the 206TSI Skoda Superb, which it in turn borrows from the Golf R.

2015 Volkswagen Passat Wagon rear quarter

While the 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine will send the hot hatch from 0-100km/h in 5.0 seconds, it will take the Passat R-Line 5.5 seconds (5.7 seconds in the wagon) to accomplish the task.

It is matched with a six-speed DSG transmission and comes with adaptive chassis control as standard.

As seen in the current Passat Highline range with the optional R-Line package, the 206TSI features a sports body kit, stylish 19-inch alloy wheels and dynamic LED headlights.

2016 Volkswagen Passat Highline seats

Inside, the performance theme continues with leather-trimmed R-Line seats, flat-bottom multi-function sports steering wheel with paddle shifters and alloy pedals. As part of Volkswagen’s MY17 product updates, the R-Line also comes with the new Active Info Display, or digital instruments to you and me.

Volkswagen Australia General Manager of Sales says while the Golf GTI and R model are popular, there “remains a strong appetite for a sporting Volkswagen sedan and wagon”.

“You need only look around – there’s any number of lovingly maintained R36s on the road. While the Passat remains one of our most well-appointed and comfortable cruisers, the R-Line is a genuine performance car – not just a sports kit. It’s both a worthy successor to the R36 and a car to throw a fright into the prestige brands.”

2015 Volkswagen Passat Sedan digital instruments

The order books are now open for the Passat R-Line, with customer deliveries starting in November 2016.

Passat 206TSI R-Line                                         $57,990
Passat 206TSI R-Line Wagon                           $59,990

Metallic or pealescent paint                            $700
Panoramic glass sunroof                                  $2000


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