Modified for higher horsepower and mileage -- VW Passat CC
The Specialist Equipment Market Assn. trade show, known as SEMA, takes place about this time every year in Las Vegas. It’s an event where the after-market reigns supreme. This time around there are the usual silly creations like a Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow hot rod and 30-inch wheels for Hummers, but Volkswagen has come up with a concept that embraces the changing times as well as the spirit of the show.
It’s this, the VW Performance CC, based on the company’s Passat CC. Sure it has 20-inch wheels, an after-market sport suspension, uprated brakes, a stainless steel exhaust, pinstriping, black chrome exterior accents and custom black leather seats. Under the hood is an after-market turbo system, bringing the 2.0-liter engine’s output to 311 horsepower and 313 pound-feet of torque in Full Power mode.
Nothing remarkable for SEMA. But here’s the twist -- in Eco mode, VW claims that the Performance CC returns fuel consumption figures of 27 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway. That compares to 19/28 for a stock 2.0T CC. According to VW, even Performance Mode does better than the factory effort.