Volkswagen Prepping Jetta TDI Cup Street Edition

By Editors on November 13, 2009 7:26 PM
Due in VW dealers early next year, the Jetta TDI Cup "Street" edition will bring the look and feel of the track version of this slick turbodiesel sedan to buyers with somewhat less overtly-competitive personalities. Like their race-spec counterparts, these "Street" edition variants will be fitted with the same aggressive front/side/rear body kit elements but wear all-season performance tires wrapped around their 18-inch "Charlston" alloy wheels. Dynamic enhancements include a stiffer Euro-tuned sport suspension, stouter anti-roll bars and bigger brakes with distinctive red calipers. Inside, the Jetta TDI "Street" edition will sport a pair well-formed sport bucket seats trimmed in Interlagos cloth and a have leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel. Although fitted with the standard 140-horsepower version of VW's 2.0-liter clean turbodiesel engine and not the 170-horse racing version, the "Street" edition will offer buyers the choice of either a six-speed manual transmission or the optional six-speed DSG dual-clutch automated alternative -- which also includes steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Final pricing has not been set, but VW says to expect the Jetta TDI Cup "Street" edition to open around $25,000 when it goes on sale in January.