The long-awaited Jetta TDI Cup Street Edition has finally made it to showrooms.
According to a Volkswagen press release, the special edition vehicle is “[b]orn from the popularity of Volkswagen's groundbreaking Jetta TDI Cup race series – now entering its 3rd season – and enthusiast demand for a race-inspired version of the popular Jetta TDI.”
As such, this diesel-powered street racer shares many of its visual and engineering components with VW’s TDI Cup race cars currently burning rubber on American tracks. According to Automobile Magazine, “Large 18-inch ‘Charleston’ aluminum wheels are wrapped in high-performance rubber, and are coupled with the more potent brakes and suspension parts found on the Jetta GLI. The body kit is the same used on the TDI Cup race cars, but power from the 2.0-liter turbo-diesel I-4 stays at 140 hp and 236 lb.-ft. of torque.”
The new Jetta’s cabin gets a new look too. “Inside, sports seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel set this Jetta TDI apart from its lesser counterparts,” writes Green Car Reports. “The brushed aluminum door sills? OK, they don't make it go any faster, but we suppose they're a nice touch.”
Not surprisingly, VW enthusiasts are touting the Jetta TDI Cup Street Edition as a big win for green racing.
“[M]ore than all the tacked on gee-gaws and special edition badging, what makes the Jetta TDI Cup Street Edition really special is that it might just make people think that being efficient can also be fun,” writes Automoblog. “And let’s face it, you can sell more cars if people think they are fun, rather than people thinking they should buy them because it’s good for the environment.”
While the EPA has yet to rate Jetta TDI Cup Street Edition’s fuel efficiency, the base-level TDI nets an impressive city/highway fuel economy of 30/41 mpg. The Jetta TDI Cup Street Edition starts at $24,990.