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VW Passat CC news - Forward Pass' - 2008

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With
Phaetons selling as rapidly as norovirus smoothies, VW is taking a fresh shot
at the luxury market with this, the Passat CC.

Despite
the coupe-convertible name, the CC’s roof is resolutely unfoldable. Instead,
you’re looking at a four-door saloon with a coupe-ish roofline and a huge
 sunroof. 

Though
sharing its underpinnings with the Passat saloon, the CC has been stretched,
widened and lowered - the roof’s highest point is five centimetres lower -
giving it a sleeker roofline and a more muscular stance. 

The
Passat CC is a strict four-seater, with a pair of sculpted individual seats in
the rear separated by a centre bin. There are plenty of luxury touches on the
inside, including posh hot-cold seats nicked off the Phaeton. 

VW
reckons the CC could compete against the Merc CLS, and has accordingly stuffed
it full of technological gubbins. There’s automatic parking à la Lexus
LS, and something called Lane Assist, which stops the CC from drifting across
motorway lanes. 

If
that all sounds a bit sensible, you’ll be glad to hear that the CC is available
with VW’s Dynamic Drive Control, which allows the driver to stiffen up the ride
and steering responses.

That’s
something you might be thankful for if you opt for the top engine choice: the
3.6-litre V6 from the Touareg. Developing 295bhp, it’ll power all four of the
CC’s wheels to 60mph in just 5.5 seconds, which puts it right up in CLS500
territory. Not quite CLS63 AMG territory, mind. 

More
sedate engine choices include a 1.8-litre TSI petrol effort and two small
diesels. But you don’t really care about those, do you?

No
word on prices yet, but we fear that unless the CC can undercut its premium
German rivals by a hefty sum, it’ll suffer the same fate at the Phaeton,
destined to be forever dogged by its humble badge.

We’ll
find out when the CC arrives in the UK in the late summer.

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