Volkswagen Passat R36 

  • 2007
  • 250 HP 3.6L
  • 155 mph
The seats are good though – really grippy, and with adjustable side-bolsters – while the chunky, sculpted wheel is nice to hold and the backlit instruments with their blue needles look cool.
by EVO (Aug, 2008)
It feels that brisk too, and at high revs it emits a muted but very pleasing yowl, though you do have to work it hard, for the R36 wagon feels every one of its quoted 1747kg.
by EVO (Aug, 2008)

Road Tests Real world tests of the Volkswagen Passat R36


Passat R36
5.4 s
2.7 s

Top speed

Passat R36
155 mph
253 mph

Data points Key details of the Volkswagen Passat R36


Passat R36
250 HP
987 HP

Engine size

Passat R36
3,598 cc
7,993 cc

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


With its standard-issue six-speed DSG ’box, it’s said to be good for 0-62mph in 5.8sec (5.6 for the saloon).
by EVO (Aug, 2008)
Just in case you hadn’t noticed, mid-range family cars with thumping great petrol engines aren’t exactly flying out of the showrooms right now, and if Mr Threebed-Detached actually plucked up the courage to buy one, what do you reckon he’d get for it in a couple of years’ time when there are all those nice turbodiesel BMWs and Audis to choose from?
by EVO (Aug, 2008)
The engine is a bored and stroked version of the R32 Golf’s V6, and the resultant 296bhp makes this the most powerful Passat yet.
by EVO (Aug, 2008)


The uprated suspension, lowered by 20mm and firm to the point of thumpiness around town, displays impressive control when you’re blatting across country, but the 4MOTION four-wheel drive is set up for swift and secure progress rather than the playfulness and involvement of an RS4.
by EVO (Aug, 2008)
The steering feels initially meaty and direct but never really comes alive.
by EVO (Aug, 2008)
The R36 gets natty blue ‘R’ calipers to grip its ventilated discs, but they’re overservoed at low speed, the pedal displaying all the sensitivity of Piers Morgan reducing some seven-year-old tap-dancing orphan to tears.
by EVO (Aug, 2008)


Where it does recall fast Audis of yore is in the braking department.
by EVO (Aug, 2008)


Not that the 3.6-litre V6-engined Passat R36 is a bad car per se.
by EVO (Aug, 2008)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Brand Volkswagen
Year 2007

power & handling

Maximum hp 250 HP
Steering system Rack and pinion


Displacement 3,598 cc
Cylinders V6
Air compressor None
Fuels Gas
Compression ratio 12:1
Bore/stroke 3.5 in / 3.8 in
Valvetrain DOHC
Valves per cylinder 4 valves

road tests

Top speed 155 mph
0-60mph 5.4 s


Drivetrain 4MOTION 4WD
Gearing Traditional
# of gears 6 gears

suspension, wheels & brakes

Front brakes Disc
Rear brakes Disc
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