Starting in 2010, Volkswagen announced plans to introduce their new “R” performance lineup of vehicles – sportier, more performance oriented versions of current models. VW aimed to make the changes more than cosmetic, planning for more engine upgrades and performance.
Currently, available “R” models are the Golf R, Beetle R-Line, CC R-Line, and the newly released Passat R-Line. The Tiguan R-Line has since been fizzled out.
The Passat R-Line was released in conjunction with the Passat’s facelift for 2016. It features several options that differ from the regular Passat that will be mentioned.
For this feature, we took our first Reef Blue Passat R-Line down to the waters edge for some cool photos!
The 2017 R-Line comes with the sedan’s standard 1.8L 4-cylinder TSI engine and 6-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic and Sport mode, pushing out around 170-hp and mid-20 range MPG estimates.
Cosmetically, the R-Line was designed to stand out and be aggressive, but while still maintaining its midsize sedan qualities. The main differences between the 2017 R-Line and regular 2017 Passat are as follows:
- 19-inch Salvador wheels (compared to the entry level model’s 16-inch Carolina wheels)
- R-Line door sill protectors
- front/rear bumper design enhancements
- Unique rocker panels
- Chromed oval exhaust tip
- Leather-wrapped steering wheel/shifter/brake handle
The 2017 R-Line also comes standard with heated seats, a blind spot monitor, a rearview camera, VW Car-Net, dual climate control, multifunction steering wheel, and leather seating.
Credit: Neftin Westlake VW
As part of a national Volkswagen campaign, here at Volkswagen of Naples, we will soon be conducting the fun and educational program called Dare-To-Compare. The program is designed to slot the 2017 Passat R-Line against two others in its class – the 2017 Honda Accord and 2017 Toyota Camry – comparing the features of each car and educating customers on the new Passat R-Line.
The program will be held here at VW of Naples, from October 18th-October 22nd, 2016. The three cars will be parked out front and employees will be there to assist customers in comparing the three vehicles.
We are excited to bring out customers this program to educate and feature the new 2017 Passat R-Line. More information and specific details will be released as the dates get closer!
Check out our Passat inventory at: http://www.vwofnaples.com/searchnew.aspx?Type=N&Make=Volkswagen&Model=Passat