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Volkswagen calls the white Passat that debuted at the 2013 North American International Auto Show the “Performance Concept”, but besides some new LED décor at the front and rear of the car, this isn’t much of a concept car.

In fact, the Passat Performance Concept isn’t even much of a performance variant. As Jalopnik notes, “Volkswagen even makes a production version of the Passat, the R-Line, that looks more interesting [than] this concept car.”

Though poorly named, the Passat Performance Concept does show a new direction in performance for the model line. Under the hood sits a 1.8-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine pushing 250-horsepower through a six-speed automatic transmission. No, the little four-cylinder engine isn’t as powerful as the burly 280-horsepower 3.6-liter V6 engine offered in the 2013 Passat V6, but it is a significant upgrade from the Passat’s base five-cylinder engine.

As Volkswagen even points out, the 1.8-liter turbo…

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