It’s just a name, sport
Tradition seems to have flown the coupe, writes MARKHINCHLIFFE
THE word ‘‘coupe’’ no longer applies only to a two-door, two-plus-two-seater with a distinctive body shape. Today, several four-door models — including the Mercedes-Benz CLS and Volkswagen’s new Passat CC — are called coupes.
The CC sits above the Passat sedan on which it is based and shares its underpinnings. Two models are available: a 2.0-litre diesel frontwheel drive costing $54,990 and a 3.6-litre V6 FSI petrol with 4Motion all-wheel drive for $65,990. Both come with fast, smooth, six-speed DSG transmission.
The diesel has five-spoke alloy wheels, the V6 has 10-spokes that look like turbo fans.
The car’s body shape is similar to that of the beautiful Mercedes-Benz four-door CLS ‘‘coupe’’.
The Passat CC has a subtle rear spoiler, and both models come with a host of standard equipment to justify the $8000-$9000 premium over the Passat sedan: automatic three-stage dampers ( Adaptive Chassis Control), bi-xenon head- lights with dynamic and static cornering, three-spoke leather steering wheel with paddle shifters, automatic hill hold, parking sensors, rainsensing wipers and an acoustic windscreen that reduces cabin noise. Safety equipment includes eight airbags, anti-skid brakes, brake assist, electronic brakeforce distribution, anti-slip regulation and electronic stability control. Options include adaptive cruise control with front assist, self-parking system, satnav, rear-view camera, iPod, MP3 and DVD interface, electric glass roof and active climate control on the front vented seats.
Volkswagen Group Australia managing director Jutta Dierks says the CC ‘‘is packed with new technology that is easy to use.’’
Call it what you will: the sporty Passat CC (for Comfort Coupe) earns the tag despite its four doors.