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2018 Volkswagen Passat GT: Sharper handling and looks

The normally bland Volkswagen Passat gets a new GT performance model that boasts sharper handling and exclusive styling touches.

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The new Volkswagen Passat GT features slightly more menacing looks with a handful of exclusive exterior styling touches. 

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GT-specific 19-inch wheels wrapped with Continental all-season tires do good job of filling up the Passat's wheel wells. 

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Like the GTI hatchback, the Passat GT receives red grille accents.

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A tasteful slathering of black trim provide a slightly more aggressive appearance.

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Red-painted brake calipers also set the Passat GT apart from regular models. 

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In addition to the larger wheel and tire package, the Passat get stiffer dampers and springs that lower ride height by 0.6-inch.

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A contrasting black roof panel also visually sets the Passat GT apart from other models.

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Volkswagen's 3.6-liter V6 with 280 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque comes standard on the Passat GT.

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A six-speed dual-clutch transmission works with the V6 to return 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.

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The 2018 Volkswagen Passat GT will begin at $29,995, which includes $850 for destination. The GT hits dealers in April.

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