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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-18-2018, 09:48 AM Thread Starter
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Jetta sets new land speed record

Using a heavily modified 2019 Jetta, VW has official set a new land speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats. This custom model managed to get up to 210mph, using a modified version of the GLI's EA888, 2.0l TSI engine. With several upgrades to the body and engine internals, this Jetta is producing around 600hp, which allowed it to beat the previous record of 208mph. This really speaks to the potential of this platform.
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-19-2018, 10:07 AM
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VW for the most part has been reducing power outputs across their lineup for 2019. Both the Golf and Passat have dropped in horsepower, as the brand attempts to ensure no future issues with emission regulations.
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-20-2018, 09:42 AM
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Pretty neat to see VW accomplish this in a run of the mill sedan, even if its been highly modified. Makes you wonder just how detuned their models are from factory. I'll bet we will see power levels rise again once they start placing all their new mild hybrid systems.
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Electrification does provide the opportunity for VW to up power outputs without any concerns around increased emissions. That's just not a risk that the company can afford to take anymore, with them already having paid out around $30billion.
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This racecar has zero relevance to what we will ever get due to all the changes that make it nothing more than a Jetta shell on a racecar.

However, it does have value at in-person marketing opportunities like at the round of industry shows coming up.
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