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Passat R36 Owner feature - Joel Tam

Owner: Joel Tam
Occupation: Creative Director
Model: Passat R36

Please tell us more about your car.

The Volkswagen Passat R36 is a really phenomenal car. Powered by a smooth and powerful 300 PS V6 engine, and with room for five and more, it has the best combination of pace, space and grace.

You must love cars to have picked the R36.

Oh yes, I've been a car enthusiast for as long as I can remember. I'm also a big fan of the Volkswagen brand.


That's cool! What are some models you've owned previously?

I've had a Golf GTI, a Golf R32 and my wife still drives our family Skoda Octavia Combi, which is 'related' to Volkswagen (laughs).

Do you have a favourite?

The R36 I have now is my favourite hands down!! Ever since I sold my R32, which uses a similar engine design, a few years ago, I've been dreaming about owning an R36. Now that I have it, I'm actually growing to love it more and more each day.

What about it makes it so special for you?

The Volkswagen engineers back then must have been crazy... and brilliant! They put a 3.6-litre V6 engine into a mild but handsome looking sedan, tuned it to 300 PS and made it capable of hitting 100 km/h from standstill in less than six seconds. That's faster than a standard Porsche 911! With Volkswagen's 4MOTION all-wheel drive system, it grips and corners exceptionally too. Oh, let's not forget the sound of that sonorous V6! Mmmm...

Will you be personalising the car in any way?

Not really, the R36 is a rare car and I would like to keep it as original as possible. I plan to source for a set of the original 'Omanyt' wheels and maybe get a spare performance exhaust system for track use.