The Passat is only the second car in VW’s line-up to carry the ‘R’ badge and is the fastest estate car the German manufacturer has ever produced.
The R36 is powered by a 298bhp 3.6-litre FSI V6, which is mated to a six-speed DSG gearbox.
The new four-wheel drive car has a bespoke bodykit included which matches its Golf R32 sibling.
Equipment levels, as with the standard Passat, include ABS, ESP (electronic stabilisation programme), xenon headlights, 2Zone electronic climate control, a heated windscreen and seats, six airbags and a radio/CD player.
VW claims the R36 can reach 0-62mph in 5.6 seconds. The estate version which, like the saloon, is fitted with 4MOTION all-wheel drive returns a time of 5.8 seconds. Both are electronically limited to maximum of 155mph.
The Passat R36 makes its public debut at the Essen Motorshow on November 30. Prices will be announced closer to the UK launch in 2007.