VW's Performance CC Concept Mixes Luxury, Power and Economy

By KBB.com Editors on November 7, 2008 9:57 AM

VW wasted little time in polishing the image of its new Passat-based CC by debuting the Performance CC Concept at the SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) Show in Las Vegas. Created by the Volkswagen Design Center in California, and finished in grey pearl paint, it makes an impressive yet tasteful visual statement highlighted by a full body kit and 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped around 245/30 Yokohama tires. Rounding out the mix are massive Brembo brakes. However, it was the powertrain enhancements to this slick VW one-off that created the greatest buzz by matching outright muscle with impressive gains in fuel economy.

The Performance CC's stock 2.0-liter tubocharged four-cylinder engine was re-fitted with a new Stage 3 turbo package from Audi/VW tuning specialist APR. This high-tech booster system provides three different levels of driver-selectable enhancement on the standard engine's 200 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque. In Full Power mode, those figures jump to 311 and 313, respectively. While stepping down to GT mode dials the output totals back a bit, they still clock in at a stout 252 and 268. However, it's the Eco mode that delivers the most intriguing stats. Despite elevating horsepower to 222 and torque to 236 lb-ft, the Performance CC also makes 27/33 mpg city/highway mileage numbers, compared to 19/28 mpg ratings of a baseline CC 2.0T.

While our sources at VW claim the company doesn't plant to produce any CC variant quite as potent as the Performance Concept, they do admit output/economy gains on the level of those realized in its Eco Mode are definitely in the volume-build pipeline. Exactly how much and how soon remains to be determined. However, it's been confirmed that the upcoming Euro-spec GTI will have more power/torque/mpg in hand, and that the same technology used there can -- and will -- be applied to VW's U.S. portfolio.

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