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Re: VW & Audi News

It was my understanding that the new Passat AWD models would be badged
Syncro, but actually have a quattro drivetrain (quattro requires
longitudinally mounted engines, whereas Syncro requires transverse
mounting). Can anybody confirm one way or the other for sure?

- peter, peterhe@microsoft.com, issaquah, wa -
  98 volvo v70 t5 - 5-speed
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PASSAT - Launchdate September, This car will have a 3 inch longer
than the Audi A4 and be one inch wider and taller than the current P.
wheel drive will be offered as Syncro, but is actually rebadged Quattro
torsen system. First only front wheel drive will be offered with the 150
1.8liter 20V Turbo 4 cylinder engine and 5 speed manual or Porsche
Tiptronic 5 speed automatic. Six months later (March) the 193bhp 30V V6
110bhp 1.9L TDI will be available, followed by the wagon variant and all
wheel drive. The tiptronic will be offered as an option on all gasoline
engined models, and the diesel will be offered with an optional 4speed
automatic. The P will also have depowered front and side airbags.
	Preliminary base prices are as follows, though will be
announced pre the Sept launch(Autoweek).
	1.8T		$20,750
	V6 GLX 	$26,200
	Tiptronic option	$1,075
	Syncro		$1,600