• Nov 4, 2009
2010 VW Jetta TDI Cup Street Edition - Click above for high-res image gallery

When we were in Germany last month for the launch of the 2010 Golf, VW product planner Andres Valbuena told us that a special street replica of the Jetta TDI Cup race car would be launching in January 2010. We just got the first photo of the new limited edition model along with further details. The TDI Cup "Street" edition gets the same deeper front fascia, rocker panel and rear bumper extensions used on the race cars. Unfortunately, the replica keeps the standard 140-horsepower engine rather the uprated 170-hp diesel used in the track cars... but it does get some functional upgrades.

The replica won't be any quicker off the line, but it will stop and turn better than standard TDI models. The brake calipers are larger than standard and painted red to let observers know they are special. The suspension gets thicker sway bars and the retuned springs and dampers from the Jetta GLI along with 18-inch wheels. Inside, the Cup car gets a paddle shift steering wheel to go with the 6-speed DSG gearbox. The Cup Jetta starts at $25,000 and will be available in January.



[Source: Volkswagen]

PRESS RELEASE

Jetta TDI Cup 'Street' Edition Racing Into Dealer Showrooms Soon


HERNDON, Va., Nov. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Volkswagen of America, Inc. today announced the Jetta TDI Cup "Street" Edition will be available in dealer showrooms January 2010. The concept debuted in Las Vegas during the 2008 SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) show. Following the SEMA show the concept was displayed at TDI Cup races throughout the country, where it was well received by enthusiasts and consumers alike.

"Since our inaugural TDI Cup series in 2008 we have received numerous inquiries as to whether or not we would offer a TDI Cup replica vehicle," said Mark Barnes, Chief Operating Officer, Volkswagen of America, Inc. "We're thrilled to announce that a special edition Jetta TDI Cup Street Edition will be available in dealer showrooms early next year. What makes this special edition so unique is that it features the optional, race inspired, TDI Cup body kit package combined with our clean diesel engine. The Jetta TDI Cup Street Edition is one exceptional special model that is as fun-to-drive as it is to look at," added Barnes.

The similarities between the TDI Cup race car and the "Street" Edition equipped with the optional TDI Cup Edition Kit are apparent at first glance -- the TDI Cup "Street" Edition Kit features the front bumper, side skirts and rear valance that are found on the TDI Cup race cars. The enhancements to the TDI Cup "Street" Edition go well beyond cosmetics. All "Street" Edition Jetta TDI's feature larger brakes with red calipers, sway bars and European sport tuned suspension from the performance oriented GLI.

The TDI Cup "Street" Edition is powered by the award winning 2.0-liter clean diesel engine that produces 140 horsepower and an impressive 236 lbs.-ft. of torque. The engine makes use of an advanced electronically controlled turbocharger and common rail direct injection technology, and can be mated to either a six-speed manual transmission or the highly acclaimed DSG® transmission.

Other standard upgrades on the Jetta TDI Cup "Street" Edition include sport seats with Interlagos cloth, and a leather-wrapped, multi-function steering wheel that features paddle shifters when equipped with the DSG transmission. Completing this dynamic special edition is a set of 18 inch Charleston wheels with performance all-season tires. This special edition starts around $25,000--staying true to the brands mantra of offering affordable German engineering that is a whole lot of fun to drive.

The Jetta TDI Cup "Street" Edition, like the Jetta TDI, Jetta SportWagen TDI, Golf TDI and Touareg TDI qualifies for an Advanced Lean Burn Technology Motor Vehicle Federal Income Tax Credit. The tax credit on the "Street" Edition is $1,300.

Like all 2010 models, the Jetta TDI Cup "Street" Edition also comes standard with Volkswagen's Carefree Maintenance Program, with this program there are no charges for the scheduled maintenance described in the vehicle's maintenance booklet for the length of the New Vehicle Limited Warranty -- three years or 36,000 miles, whichever occurs first.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow. 140hp in a car that weighs that much... must be SLOOOWWWWWWW. Remember folks. 1995 Neons had 150hp, and weighed like 2400-2600lbs.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Gruv, whoa dude. Amazon? You must be a car god then.

        Incidentally, I write book reviews for my local VW dealer.

        Only kidding. But I'm a better writer than you.
        • 5 Years Ago
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        • 5 Years Ago
        you really don't know how cars work do you?
        • 5 Years Ago
        @drakkor - no, he doesnt.

        if he did, he'd know it's quicker than it's only real rival, the prius, and a hell of a lot more fun to drive.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Love how when I mention a 10+ year old econobox has better power/weight ratios, and people rank me down just because it was a neon, and claim I don't know anything about cars.

        Yeah dude. You're right. I only GET PAID TO WRITE ABOUT THEM FOR AMAZON. Jackass.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car was on display in the vendor village at the Petit Le Mans a month ago. At the time, it struck me as little more than a dealer trim kit with the Mad Rabbit or whatever body package.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love what VW is doing with their TDI here in the states. I wish more automakers would bring their diesels over! ( I'm looking at you, Saab.)
      • 5 Years Ago
      VW: throw in the larger diesel and I'm sold.
        • 5 Years Ago
        the 168hp tdi is also a 2.0 liter engine...larger, not so much.

        Probably just bigger injectors and more boost.

        You could chip the 140 engine using stock injectors but you necessarily extend the injection time, can/could end up with smokier exhaust.

      • 5 Years Ago
      The real TDI Cup race cars have Audi R8 front brake calipers (at least the one on display at last year's LA Auto Show did).
        • 5 Years Ago
        no. they don't.

        the rear cup racers have Audi R8 REAR brakes up front. Odd but true
        • 5 Years Ago
        no worries, I wouldn't have known myself had I not contacted andres while on the floor at the LA Auto show :P.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thanks for the clarification/correction, zamafir! :thumbsup:
      • 5 Years Ago
      interesting. wonder how hard it would be to upgrade the power.
        • 5 Years Ago
        More air, more fuel.

        More air is solved by removing much of the airflow restriction on the intake.

        More fuel is solved by replacing the injectors, chipping, and so on. You could, with modest upgrades, get it touching 200 hp.

        But look at the torque, would you?
      • 5 Years Ago
      There are more differences between the 140hp and the 170hp than just the ECU, and according to more than a few reports, they don't share nearly as much in common as one would think, and saying they're built on the same technology might even be a bit of a stretch. I wish the TDI had more power though... 0-60 in about 9 seconds is what you're looking at for a base TDI. You can tune the chip and add about 30 extra hp and about the same increase in torque, but the emissions controls on these TDIs are very expensive and from some reports don't work well with the upgraded ECU, so you might be causing some problems down the road. A Jetta with the 170hp engine though, I'd be all over it. This, meh.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The emissions system is my A#1 concern about these 50-state TDIs.. and ultimately what scared me off at the 11th hour. That and the absurd markup. The new TDIs have been shown to be incompatible with bio-D. And they are highly finicky about their oil type and drain intervals.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yup, i'm 100% sure the reason we're not seeing the 170hp edition is the emissions system used for north america. Honestly I don't get why people rave about how entertaining a car like the fit is (0-60 in 8.3, lighter) and complain about the naught to sixty on this car (gasp, 8.2). It's heavier but the GLIs are a hoot to drive. If you want frugal, fun, and enough room for real adults and real crap in the trunk, there's not a whole lot competing with this setup.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Really really gorgeous - as long as it can be modded up to the proper HP and torque that is...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wagon...please?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Canada please!!!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec
      • 5 Years Ago
      Talk about kraut! Don't the cup cars also have front brakes from the R8 instead of some weaksauce floating caliper setup?

      It'd be cheaper to just take your chick car, buy some red caliper paint from Vatozone, and have your buddy cut some vinyl stickers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No, they have the R8's rear brakes up front, which cost around $17,000 on the open market. It doesn't take much reasoning to understand why they're not on the production TDI Cup Street.
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