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    That's great info. Do you know anything about the Australian built Passats. The Little Beastie is build number 324, which make it a very early model, it does'nt even have a brake master cylinder. They were built at a factory in Clayton in Melbourne, which in turn when VW left Australia, Nissan produced cars there, and now HSV use the space to weave their special magic. I have also heard the the Passat won the 1974 Wheels car of the year, is this true


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    History of the Passat

    VW's Passat is the largest car in their lineup. While the European Passats have always kept the Passat name, the US market has had a few name changes since the first Passat. In the US, the Passat was first introduced as the Dasher. Then came the Quantum/Santana. And for the last three generations VW's largest car has been named Passat. Launched in 1973, the Dasher was the replacement for the 1600 series. The top of the line Passat TS featured an 85HP water-cooled 1.5L four-cylinder motor with an overhead camshaft driving the front wheels. This Dasher was good for 0-100KM/h in 12 seconds with a top speed of 105 MPH. Getting 23.5 MPG it was pretty economical too, perfect for the oil crisis. The Dasher got a facelift in fall 1977 along with a few improvements including all motors were equipped with hardened valve seats so they could run unleaded fuel.


    Dasher: 1975 - 1980



    Quantum: 1980 - 1988
    The Quantum/Santana replaced the Dasher in 1980 it was longer, wider, and had more interior space than its predecessor. There were four engines to choose from, a 1.6L diesel, 1.3L and 1.6L four cylinder motors, and a top of the line five cylinder motor good for 115 HP. The US got the Quantum Syncro Wagon starting in 1985. By 1986, the QSW had a base price of $15,645 including standard Cruise Control, and could be optioned out with power windows, locks, mirrors, sunroof, and an AM/FM cassette stereo for $17,280. While this sounds steep, the only other car of its time that could compete was the twice as costly Audi 5000 Quattro Wagon.



    For 1988, VW presented the world with the third generation Passat, although it wasn't readily available in the US until 1990. This model is easily identified by its lack of a front grill. The 1990 B3 Passat came standard with the 2.0L 16V motor. Rated at 134HP and 133lbs/ft torque it was capable of 0-60MPH in 9.8 seconds and could go on to a top speed of 125MPH. One cool feature of the B3 Passat was the adjustable rear seats. While the B3 Passat compared favorably to it's Japanese and American competitors, it never was able to keep up in sales volume. There are a lot of loyal B3 owners though, something that the Americans and Japanese can't say. For 1991(1992 US), the Passat was the first VW to receive the all-new VR6 motor. With 172 HP on tap, it made the 5 speed Passat go 0-60MPH in 7.9 seconds.


    B3 Passat: 1990 -1994



    B4 Passat: 1995 - 1997
    In 1995, VW freshened the Passats' design with the new B4 series. Standard fare was the 8-valve 2 liter four, but the GLX model still got the 2.8L VR6. With almost 3100 lbs. of car to pull, the 8 valve motor needed 9.8 seconds to hit 60MPH. The GLX took only 8 seconds with the VR6. New to the B4 were driver and passenger airbags up front in place of motorized seat belts. Also the B4 now sported a grilled nose. Standard equipment included power windows, locks, heated power mirrors, factory alarm, AM/FM Cassette stereo with 8 speakers, and CFC free air conditioning.
    Old Skool Passat Power Rules!!!
    1974 Passat LS with a SEAT 1.8, 32/36 Weber, full performance exhaust and a K&N filter. 80kw at the wheels??

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    Does anybody have the power and torque figures for the 30V 2.8 V6 engine?

    Thanks in advance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by phaeton View Post
    G60 was never fitted to the Passat ???????
    Dude, I must have been dreaming, driving round in my syncro for 2 years then.

    http://www.imagestation.com/4216216/4122404188

    Can't find an under bonnet shot but here's the back axle.

    http://www.imagestation.com/4216216/4122404378

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    Looks like I've learn't something today just found this http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/G60

    Thanks

    EDIT found this webpage with Orignal Press Pictures of syncro G60 http://www.passat.blauu.de/modellges.../typb3g60.html
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    I have got the German dealer brochures here but couldn't get near the scanner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bora Sport View Post
    Does anybody have the power and torque figures for the 30V 2.8 V6 engine?

    Thanks in advance.

    The 2.8 L V6 30V, pumps out 193 PS (142 kW). Torque: 206 ft-lbs.

    we have a 1999 and the motor is just the best, heaps of power!



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    Quote Originally Posted by h100vw View Post
    I have got the German dealer brochures here but couldn't get near the scanner.

    Gavin
    When you get near one I'd be interested in seeing them please
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    Quote Originally Posted by vinderliker View Post
    That's great info. Do you know anything about the Australian built Passats. The Little Beastie is build number 324, which make it a very early model, it does'nt even have a brake master cylinder. They were built at a factory in Clayton in Melbourne, which in turn when VW left Australia, Nissan produced cars there, and now HSV use the space to weave their special magic. I have also heard the the Passat won the 1974 Wheels car of the year, is this true
    "PASSAT WHEELS CAR OF THE YEAR.....IN THE FLESH"


    This is true. The Passat TS won Wheels car of the year in 1974. It was seen as a car that was much ahead of its time for early to mid 70's standards.

    If your interested in Passat Aussie production i recommend a book called Volkswagen In Australia. Its got a great section on early Passats.

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    Can anyone tell me how to track down a copy of the book, as I have heard it is out of print.
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