• Nov 5, 2010
2011 Volkswagen Jetta – Click above for high-res image gallery

According to a report from Autocar, Volkswagen will be offering a performance-oriented R version of its sixth-generation Jetta. The automaker has already launched its Golf R and Scirocco R overseas, and VW has long said that it plans to expand its performance offerings around the world.

Volkswagen reportedly showed European media a version of the Jetta equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 during the car's official launch last week. No power numbers were divulged, but Autocar states that a six-speed dual-clutch transmission was fitted to this Jetta, as was 4Motion all-wheel drive.

Ulrich Hackenberg, VW's head of research and development, says that the Jetta R is being heavily considered and that if customer demand is there, it will be produced (sounds familiar, doesn't it?). If the Jetta R does see the light of day, we're willing to bet that it will come to North American soil, especially since the United States is the new Jetta's key market. Here's hoping.



Photos copyright ©2010 Damon Lavrinc / AOL

[Source: Autocar]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      this sounds...promising.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is going to end up being a $35,000+ Jetta. No thanks.


      I'll go ahead and guess that it will be making 300hp or a bit more.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would hope that they are planning something good for the new Jetta. This new model made a complete lateral move. No, I take that back, the new Jetta is worse than the previous generation. Same engines and less technology, just so they could save a couple thousand off the price. I mean I can buy a $13K Forte with 4-wheel discs. VW is trying to rip people off.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm reading this after just parking next to my co-workers 2 year old Hyundai Elantra that is already forming rust at the door seams. There is more than meets the eye when comparing low-priced auto's and their manufacturers experience with making the cars durable offering some lasting value.
        • 4 Years Ago
        " VW is trying to rip people off."

        and apparently honda and toyota by your logic as all three offer drum brakes on their base models in this class.

        They're not trying to rip people off, their simply not as efficient as kia/hyundai when it comes to costs savings at the bottom of the lineup. It's pretty obvious where they knee jerk cut corners to get to the 15k level, basically decontenting the jetta to american aspirations.

        Still I have a hard time relating to you guys, the new jetta feels nicer inside and out than equally priced civics and corollas. They were two steps forward, now they're one step back in interior plushness and still ahead of the beige boxes. Now if you want to talk engines, yes, they really dropped the ball, i'm surprised more of you don't talk reasonably about that.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It also has fewer airbags than other cars in the segment. I saw a video review of this car by Cnet's Brian Cooley, and he said that this car is a downgrade.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I understand that Honda and Toyota do the same but there were reasons for people buying those brands, those reasons being quality (Toyota) and fun to drive (Honda). Now VW is taking the only reason people wanted to buy their cars from themselves, that reason being enthusiast minded. Now VW has inferior engines in the Jetta along with boring and plastic interiors.

        My point still stands. I can buy a $13K Forte with 4-wheel disc brakes. VW (Honda, and Toyota) is ripping peopl off.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have always thought it would be awesome if they made an Jetta R. Now if they would take the Jetta Concept Coupe, turn that into the Jetta R, then we would really be talking!
      • 4 Years Ago
      front end of the new jetta reminds me of an 80s era Honda or Toyota...what up V-Dub?
      • 4 Years Ago
      introducing the $35,000 Jetta R. and $650/mo lease, because it will be a oh-so-hard-to-get model.

      grrrr.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It certainly will sticker around 35k, and it certainly won't be hard to get, like the R32's, these will provide shade for bristling families of potato bugs on dealership parkinglots.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I really like what VW did with the 2011 Jetta. I had the chance to test drive one thanks to
      http://www.arbour-volkswagen.ca in Laval Quebec,and I must say I was very surprised. The ipod/ipad controls, and large trunk are great. I didn't mind the "plastic" dash either. It felt weird but looks nice. Good job VW way to keep the price down and a nice sedan.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Awesome! Looking forward to the new Jetta R...

      in the meantime, I'd like to share a blog that dives in and highlights some of the features of the 2011 Jetta.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The "R" CC Passat is out but doesn't have performance enhancing attributes for the 2.0T trim. Hope for the Jetta it will. The VR6 is a fast smooth reeving engine. Moves my 4Motion Passat very well. Got two Passats. One w/ 2.0T FSI & the other w/ 3.6 VR6. The VR6 totally out guns the 2.0T. Would love a rear wheel driver w/ this VR6. Strong & smooth pulling engine.
        • 4 Years Ago
        VW R-Line and Audi S-Line are only cosmetic accessory option packages. VW R and Audi S models are the high performance models.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is why I hate VW most of the time, look at this! What is this? zero points for design, it's not good and it's not bad, it's just...nothing, nada.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Dull.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Jetta R < Golf R for all of the following reasons:

      1. Jetta VI heavier than Golf and longer wheelbase.
      2. VR6 heavier than 2.0T and less modable.
      3. Hatchback more useful/practical than trunk.
      4. Hecho in Mexico

      So for this diehard VW fan, it's Golf R or no new VW for me.
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