Then, it was there and then that Russian journalists were presented with a new version of the Volkswagen Passat - with all-wheel drive and a 250-horsepower engine. Strong snowstorms? The best conditions for a first acquaintance not to be found!
However, the real snowfall will begin a little further, but for now, on a wet autobahn, the new powerful 3.2 liter engine demonstrates its dignity in the first place. The flagship confidently accelerates the heavy wagon to almost extreme speeds under these conditions. Only Audi A6 Avant decided to overtake. At 160 km / h and in a muddy veil I did not have time to read the nameplate: I wonder what engine this station wagon is with?
But on the pavement, snow porridge is gradually thickening, in it fellow travelers break through more and more noticeable ruts. They try not to enter the left, almost unhandled row, preferring the tail of the front car to the slippery surface of the free lane. Soon my "for-motion" has to really work. Prior to this, under normal conditions, the Haldeks coupling divided the moment like this: 90% forward, 10% to the rear axle. Obviously, now, when I turn on the turn signal and with a set speed I cross the wet snow ridge on the left, the ratio is changing … However, this should not distract me, the maneuver is not easy.
Indeed, one may not know at all that the Haldex coupling is now working on the rear axle; that in essence it is a “wet” multi-plate clutch in an oil bath, which is activated as soon as there is a difference in the speed of rotation of the input and output shafts; that compared to its predecessor, Thorsen, it is quieter; easier and more efficiently interfacing with ESP stabilization systems, TCS traction control and anti-lock ABS; and most importantly, it allows you to flexibly redistribute the moment from 0 to 100% on each axis. All this is superfluous when you need to focus …
Here I am in the left lane, flying under 150, spraying wet snow. The car goes like a thread, responding to the gas pedal with even acceleration and without disturbing the blinking symbol of traction control. On the right is a long convoy of trucks, including the long-standing Audi A6; confidently continue to ruin the rut in the porridge to their left. What did we say there about the Haldex?
SNOW FORM MOVEMENT
The autobahn is behind. A crazy thought creeps in at the local landstrass: why is all-wheel drive here? On slippery surfaces, the front behaves in much the same way: the Passat manages well on asphalt with snow and ice, delicately crunching the stabilization system on unpleasant bends.
Until I change my mind, I turn into some adjacent rut that goes into the fields at right angles to the road. After 20 meters, the tracks disappear … the car seems to be floating in the snow, under which, I hope, in the immediate vicinity - asphalt. Yes, the owner of the farm where this path leads, an all-wheel drive is simply necessary. Such as the "Passat" - albeit with a small clearance, but a good margin of patency thanks to a powerful motor and 4x4 formula. Going down, I brake in front of the intersection … and under the chatter of ABS I slip almost to the intersection. Is it really that the "Passat" accelerated into the rise? And here is the reckoning: the arrow of the fuel gauge has approached the 3/4 mark - I estimate that the flow rate is at least 15 l / 100 km. Oats for a 250-head herd are expensive.
However, here are the real tests: under the increasing snow we climb into the hills, where we are promised a special route and even extreme riding with a trailer. By the way, this station wagon is capable of towing up to 2.2 tons! When, than once, thanking all-wheel drive and overtaking many fellow travelers (many stopped and put chains on wheels), we arrive upstairs, the snow is already falling down the wall. Alas, the trailer is on the sidelines, and the track is trying to clear the snowcat. In vain: on the very first lap, cars fly off the trajectory and hang on parapet. Today the weather is not for them, here would be "Tuaregs"!
There was even more snow, and in the middle of another marching lift, the Peugeot Partner, which had vigorously launched in front of it, stopped helplessly. We still have complete freedom of maneuver: a little back, carefully forward, and now the DSG is already smoothly sorting through gears up. By the way, with the flagship engine they offer only this box with two clutches (it differs by extremely fast switching) - it is with it, engineers assure, that the power of the V6 engine is best realized. Although, I suppose, some clients were amused by the good old “mechanics”, when the power of 250 horsepower seems to be felt with a palm clutching a lever.
I liked the new Passat 4Motion. So much that I wanted to take a cold shower … in the form of a price list: the prices of Volkswagens, you know, are sobering. But nevertheless, the traditional reproach to the “people's car” for high cost in this case will not sound. The Passat has few competitors for the same money; analogues, as a rule, are either noticeably smaller or much more expensive.
Volkswagen Passat 4MOTION - IN DIFFICULT weather conditions, IT IS SO GOOD THAT YOU BEGIN TO SUSPECT YOURSELF IN JUSTICE.
+ Excellent dynamics, good handling, meritorious behavior in bad weather conditions, a roomy interior and trunk.
- The only transmission option with a flagship engine, considerable fuel consumption.
Volkswagen Passat 4MOTION
All-wheel drive version of the sixth generation of "trade winds" was presented in February 2006.
Body - sedan or station wagon ("Option").
Engines: gasoline 2.0 and 3.2 liters (150 and 250 hp), diesel 2.0 liters (140 hp).
Transmissions: 6-speed manual or automatic DSG; four-wheel drive transmission.
Options: Trendline, Comfortline, Highline.