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According to an unnamed source from Volkswagen, Inside Line is reporting that the German automaker is currently considering whether it should offer a high-performance R version of its next-gen Jetta in America. Says the source,"We don't want to leave the affordable performance sedan market in the U.S. to our rivals, but importing sporting models from Europe is proving prohibitively expensive at the moment."

Fortunately for VW, the next Jetta will be built solely in Mexico, meaning that it won't be nearly as costly to build and sell in the States as models assembled overseas. Further, it seems that the R version could either be offered in both coupe (as previewed by the New Compact Coupe concept from Detroit) and sedan forms with simple front-wheel or with all-wheel drive as VW plans to offer AWD on the Jetta Wagon at a later date.

Power for the Jetta R would likely come from the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged and direct injected powerplant that's used in the Scirocco R and Golf R, where it delivers 265 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The final noteworthy fact reported by IL is that the next Jetta will be offered with two separate rear suspension designs, one with a simple (and cheap) torsion beam and a second, much more sophisticated multilink setup on sportier models. Intriguing, no?

[Source: Inside Line]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      looks pretty cool. a "cheaper" version of the A5... but probably will cost too much for the "R".
        • 5 Years Ago
        Seat got the old A4, not A6, and the reason for this was that the A4 moved to an entirely new platform. Please, do say, what components from skoda go in a lamborghini? Have you ever sat in one?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Doesn't the Jetta (and Golf) share a platform with the A4 instead of the A5?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hey Kitko, can you show me a car that will be *newer* in a few years?

        What you just said was completely factual, but also completely meaningless.
        • 5 Years Ago
        How can a thing that looks like a cheap and knock down version of an incredibly bland, blunt and sterile Audi be cool?

        OK, Seat got an old A6 to build Exeo (just to show all A6 buyers what their car really cost and what it had to offer - essentially, they paid Audi money for a cheapo Seat....), and now VW is getting what will be an old Audi in a few years.

        If there ever was a manufacturer with less imagination and a constant stride towards gray average and mediocre sterility, it's VW and all it's offshots - Audi, Seat, Skoda and, forgive me for saying so, Lambo which shares interior bits with Skoda (and other VW cars). That's about as exclusive as Chevy Impala.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The A4 (only until 05 though) shared the B5 platform with the 96-current Passat/CC... 06+ A4s are on the B6 platform.

        The A3 has and currently shares the A4/A5 platform with the Golf/Jetta as well as the Audi TT.

        Oh, and to everyone else... All current US/Euro Jettas are assembled in Mexico... they are imported to Europe! I was told by the dealer in Germany (where I purchased my US Spec Jetta TDI) this is because of the Jetta being much more popular in North America than Europe... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Volkswagen_Jetta#A5

        If you don't believe me, if you have a mk5 Jetta, go look at your VIN... if it starts with '3' then open the driver's door and look at the tag and tell me it doesn't say "Volkswagen de Mexico" :P

        The Golf GTI is assembled in Germany...
        • 5 Years Ago
        It doesn't share a platform with either of them. It never has.

        The A4 is a longitudinal engine mount, the Jetta is transverse.

        The Golf/Jetta and A3 were on the same platform at one point, I don't know if this is still the case.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As popular as the Jetta has been in the States, I have always wondered why they don't offer a R version.

      I would definitely be interested in a R version of the Jetta or the Golf R as long as one is offered with a DSG. My only concern is with the power to weight ratio especially if the Jetta is that much heavier than the Golf R.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just like with AUDIS, all new VW have the same exact headlights... lame.
      • 5 Years Ago
      so if i build a completely barebones type R jetta coupe, for say 25 Gz ..... it will be completely badass?
      • 5 Years Ago
      The best engine for this car, is the 2.5 Inline 5, a good engine, cheap to make and reliable, runs on the cheaper regular gas and with a good exhaust system installed, a good sounding unit, similar to a Audi V10. This engine is also, will liked by the people that Actualy Owned One, ( I have) instead of reading about them, then make their tuner boy comments. I can't beleve a car this nice, having the awful 180 degree crank sound, of a 4 cylinder engine, blatting out, its sorry tune out the tailpipe
      • 5 Years Ago
      Interesting, yes, but . . . It's fairly bland looking. Oh don't get me wrong. It would have looked great about ten years ago when this sort of conservative two-door sedan look was all the rage (i.e., the BMW 3-series). But it's now a decade into the 21st century, and cars are starting to look more up-to-date. Yes, this is a nice inoffensive sedan but - at least to me - not very exciting, especially from a company that designed the Scirocco. Sorry VW, but I'll shop at the Toyota store (the upcoming F-85 coupe) or at the Hyundai store (the Genesis coupe). And besides, you dumped that sweet VR6 engine...so...I'm not one of your fans anymore.
      • 5 Years Ago
      How will this differ from the GLI? Will the GLI be killed off?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Same way VW deals with the GTI and the R, they sell both. Also similar to the Audi S4 and RS4, or the WRX and STI, just different levels of performance.

        The Jetta R, would be a fair amount different than the GLI, the GLI is FWD, the R is AWD, the GLI has 200hp, the R has 265hp.
      • 5 Years Ago

      peter scheryer already designed that rear on Kia Cadenza.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Jettas should be clean looking, sporty, efficient and stylish. This vehicle sounds like all that only moreso. I say offer it with the Shiracco (I can't spell) setup with just fwd to keep price reasonable.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks great. Built in Mexico might put it in my price range.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This 2 door Jetta coupe is a beautiful car and long overdue. The only thing I don't like is the low rider look with the tiny space between the tires and the fenders. That needs opened up to about 3 inches for some clearance.

      The bigger concern is the mention of torsion beam suspension. It's crazy how these manufacturers will invest billions in the engine and transmission technology, only to couple it with a cheap torsion beam. It may "handle" fine, but I want it tuned for good ride quality. I'm willing to spend whatever extra it costs for the rear multilink.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Didn't they include a multilink rear suspension on the AWD Mk4 Jettas in Europe (Boras)? Also, I believe all Mk5 Jettas came with a multilink rear. They must see that they stand to reduce the price of the base models by throwing the old torsion beam back on. I hope when they mean they plan on keeping the multilink on the sportier versions that they're doing so to better fit the Haldex all wheel drive system.

      If they make an R version, that would be amazing. I'm already in love with the Golf R. I would love to see a Jetta R.
        • 5 Years Ago
        And what about the front suspension? The current Jetta and Golf have a mind boggling setup that doesn't allow you to increase or decrease total front camber, they just allow you to shift it from one side to another. This is completely unacceptable in a performance sedan - and it's an indication VW still doesn't "get" high performance. I was looking at buying the a TDI Cup Jetta but I quickly realized VW only continues to pay lip service to the track day enthusiast. BTW the actual TDI cup race cars have a completely different suspension than stock (not just springs and dampeners).
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