- Courtesy of WhichCar

Let's set the scene, I'm driving along casually, there is a little bit of traffic but nothing too intense. It's a crisp Saturday morning but the sun is beating down. Minding my own business I turn the radio down as I approach some traffic lights (don't ask me why, but I've always done this), the lights turn green but I don't move immediately... My attention is suddenly caught by the feint sound of a V6 in the background.

Now in the UK, we don't often see/hear V6 motors, well I don't anyway, so it immediately grabbed my attention, I swivelled my head around to have a glance an I was pleasantly greeted by the view of a Volkswagen Passat R36. I'm not going to hold it against you if you've never seen or even heard of this model, that's because it's a bit of a unicorn.

Credit to Parkers

Credit to Parkers

Produced between 2008 and 2010, Volkswagen shoehorned a 3.6 litre V6 engine packing a respectable 300bhp and 350nm. It was available as a saloon, and in estate guise also, they were available to buy new from £34,000 to £36,000 roughly and since I'd seen the R36 I have been taking a look online where a fair amount of reviews are positive, explaining how the car is engaging to drive albeit a bit clumsy and thirsty on juice.

Credit to AutoCar

Credit to AutoCar

I'm not sure how many examples are left on the roads today, but since this is the first time I've seen one, it's not going to be a considerable amount. Unfortunately the R36 never found itself in the spotlight, as that spot was taken by the long awaited S4. Given the exclusivity of the R36 it's not likely we'll get our hands on one either, and that makes me a little sad.

What do you think of the R36? Would you like to drive one? Would you pick it over the S4 estate? Are there any more cars you believe needed more attention? Let me know down in the comments below.

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