Volkswagen Passat CC gets a bit Sexier with New R-Line Sports Package

Volkswagen is adding a sportier touch to its Passat CC model with the European market launch of an 'R-Line' equipment package that was previewed at the Frankfurt Motor Show last September. Sadly though, the R-Line model is simply about cosmetic and convenience features as the package does not include any sort of performance upgrades.

On the outside, the R-Line sports package adds 17-inch or optionaly, 18-inch "Mallory" alloy rims with 235/45 tires, special emblems, smoked tail lights and a subtle aero kit comprising of a front spoiler and side skirts.

Inside, the Passat CC R-Line gains four customized tread plates in aluminium and a three-spoke leather-trimmed steering wheel with multifunction buttons. The standard front fog lights and the Park Pilot system complete the package.

The Passat R-Line leaves few wishes unfulfilled; even the base version of the Passat CC includes comfort and convenience features like sport seats and a climate control system.

European buyers can order the R-Line package on all Passat CC engines, with prices starting at €2,200 or around US$2,700 for the Passat CC fitted with the 2.0 TDI 140HP diesel and a six-speed manual gearbox.