Volkswagen Passat R36 Shots Leaked

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This image was lost some time after publication, but you can still view it here.

Shots of VW's upcoming hotter Passat, the R36, somehow made it through the company's air-tight press-relations establishment. From what we see and hear, the R36 will come in both sedan and wagon variants and get a 280-hp version of the corporate 3.6-liter V6, fitted with the sublime DSG automanual and 4Motion all-wheel drive. The Geneva show, next March, will likely host the official unveiling. [Thanks to Dave for the tip.]

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OK ... I seriously fail to see how this porker can get 0-60 in 5.6 secs on 280HP while dragging that p(f)hat 4-Motion ass. Does anyone else feel this is a case marketing smokes and mirrors trumping physics?