Report: Volkswagen Jetta R in the works, may get 3.6L V6 engine

2011 Volkswagen Jetta

Earlier this year, Volkswagen created a new in-house ‘R’ division, which will have similar responsibilities as the M GmbH has for BMW and AMG has for Mercedes-Benz. According to AutoCar, the R division is working on a high-performance version of the new Jetta to expand its portfolio.

Sources suggest that the Volkswagen Jetta R will carry a 3.6L V6 gasoline engine with an “unspecified power output. It will be mated to a 6-speed DSG gearbox and the brand’s 4Motion all-wheel drive system.

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Volkswagen research and development chief, Ulrich Hackenberg, says that the Jetta R is currently being evaluated and that there are chances of production if the consumer demand is there. Also, the R division is keen on doing a new project after the Golf R and Scirocco R.

Are you V-dub fans excited? Yeah, we are too.

Refresher: The 2011 Volkswagen Jetta hit dealerships in October and is be available in, S, SE, SEL and TDI trim-levels as well as the 2.0-liter GLI. Four engine choices are be available including the 2.0L TDI Clean Diesel, which make 140-hp and 236 lb-ft of torque. 0-60 mph for the 2011 Jetta TDI comes in 8.7 seconds. Other engine choices include the 2.0 making 115-hp, 2.5 making 170-hp and the TSI making 200-hp. All 2011 Jetta engines are offered with a manual transmission as standard and a 6-speed DSG automatic as an option. Prices start at $15,995.

2011 Volkswagen Jetta:

– By: Omar Rana

Source: AutoCar