HALF MOON BAY, CA – Is it a European luxury sedan or just another run-of-the-mill 4-door 8-cyl. passenger car? That’s a question even the folks at Volkswagen of America Inc. have trouble answering as they struggle to pinpoint just where the new ’02 Passat W8 fits in the market. The Passat W8 offers up 270 hp that moves the sedan from 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) in just 6.5 seconds. While VW tries hard to maintain its cutesy, awe-shucks brand image, this new high-powered Passat gives ...

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