Whats the deal with the R36?

Vw Passat R36

I'm afraid VW is diluting their "R" brand as quickly as they built it up.

In case you hadn't heard, VW will be showing a Passat R36 at the Essen Motor Show in Germany later this month.

For the full story and pictures, click here.

Sure, it looks great.; Sure, it's fast.; And even though we've heard nothing about it coming to the US (even the press release is Deutsch-only), I still have a few questions.;

First, what's this thing going to cost?; The regular Passat 3.6 4Motion is slightly outrageous in its price already... 300 horsepower or not, does the world really need a $40,000 Passat?

Secondly, where are the suspension upgrades?; The massive brakes?; Where is the loud, snorty exhaust?; In my opinion, VW has diluted the R badge just as quickly as they built it.; The R32 had the performance goodies to back it up.; The R36 doesn't seem to.

Put that gem of a VR6 in anything, and I'll drive it with a smile on my face.; But the smile will wear off quickly if the rest of the car isn't up to the task.

Jack Reb
Who ever wrote this article is an idiot who hasn't driven one. Or.. Is completely delusional. The only thing I would agree with, is the sound of the exhaust, other than that, the car is an absolute beast in corners and straights. Oh saying that this car diluted the R badge is beyond idiotic and ignorant to be honest.
I say! that looks like the most agressive passat Plus 300HP doesn't hurt either.

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