The Volkswagen Passat is one of those ubiquitous names that are entirely representative for its segment. And since many people consider it, the automaker offers a myriad of versions.
You can have the Passat with a 1.6 TDI (yes, the one involved in the Dieselgate) which should be very economical – or you can go all the way up to a crossover-inspired Alltrack model. This means the tuners paying attention should be prepared with a plethora of upgrade packages. And well known German aftermarket specialist ABT has done just that – offering seven stages for the sedan and wagon. The first time the tuner presented an upgrade for the Passat was during the Geneva Motor Show and now they graduated to include an entire range. In essence, every engine save for the basic 1.6 TDI 120 hp and 1.4 TSI 125 hp have been catered to.
Starting up is the 1.4 TSI in its 150 hp and 250 Nm form – which is decent but will nevertheless struggle with a heavy mid-size car. ABT has the antidote and the mill will present itself with 180 hp and 290 Nm of torque. The very old 1.8 turbo is still here – albeit in TSI form – and this one can be had with 210 hp and 310 Nm. The flagship gasoline engine is the 2.0 TSI, which has a more interesting standard power of 280 hp. But ABT still says it’s not enough so you can get it in 336 hp. The 2.0 TSI can also be had with the Golf GTI level of 220 hp – and in turn ABT takes it close to Golf R performances with 290 hp and 420 Nm. The diesel side has the mills taken to 170 and 380 Nm, then 215 hp and 440 Nm, with the most powerful 2.0 TDI taken from 240 hp and 500 Nm in standard form to 270 hp and 540 Nm.