It’s just a name, sport

Tra­di­tion seems to have flown the coupe, writes MARKHINCHLIFFE

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige -

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.

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