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Old 01-30-2010, 07:41 AM   #1
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As part of efforts to appeal to a younger group of customers, Volkswagen is considering producing an R version of its upcoming sixth-generation Jetta at its Puebla factory in Mexico. This new model to its US lineup is a worthy addition to a number of image-leading performance models.

It is likely that the new four-door sedan will be previewed at the SEMA Show in November. It has been designed to compete against the Japanese and European performance models such as the Honda Civic Si and BMW 128i.

Volkswagen has yet to officially confirm the existence of the new model but officials at the European launch of the new Golf R in Ellmau, Austria this week said that production plans for the Jetta R are well advanced ,

According to a high level Inside Line source familiar with Volkswagen’s North American model strategy, the car’s modular construction and production process is “fairly straightforward.” He said that for the car to be profitable, the company has to be able to formulate a sound business case. He explained that VW doesn’t like to leave the affordable performance sedan market in the US to our rivals but that importing sporting models from Europe is “prohibitively expensive at the moment.”

Because the Puebla factory is now the sole producer of the Jetta worldwide, VW aims to incorporate production of an R version of its upcoming compact sedan and possibly a coupe sibling, as previewed by the NCC (New Compact Coupe) at the recent North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

It is likely that powering the car is the latest evolution of Volkswagen’s turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder direct injection gasoline engine, similar to what is used in the Scirocco R and Golf R. It is able to generate 265bhp and 258lb ft of torque.
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Old 01-30-2010, 07:43 AM   #2
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Default Volkswagen will soon have its own sport division: R GmbH

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Volkswagen will soon have its own wholly owned performance division that it will label as “R”. Inside Line claims that the division has already been confirmed by VW officials. The division is said to be comparable to Audi’s Quattro GmbH subsidiary. Expect the official announcement on this new organization at the 2010 Geneva motor show in March. Volkswagen already offers a number of its European offerings in R-line trims, but the new R GmbH division will reportedly begin creating performance-tuned R versions of virtually every VW offering from the ground up. One of the most anticipated is the new Golf R. There’s no word yet if R division models are destined for the U.S., but VW is considering importing the 267-hp Golf R, a successor to the 2004 and 2010 R32 models, to the U.S. If this plan pushes through, the car could arrive in early 2011.
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Old 02-01-2010, 12:36 PM   #3
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So an entire R line. I would like a Microbus R please
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Old 02-01-2010, 01:16 PM   #4
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So an entire R line. I would like a Microbus R please

No problem. That will be $34 large plus a dealer mark up of ~$5 grand due to the vehicles "rarity".
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Old 02-01-2010, 04:01 PM   #5
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I want a Polo R widebody Haldex AWD. I'm guesing that'll get here right after the Focus RS.

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Old 02-01-2010, 05:05 PM   #6
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R-Line probably will be their tie in to the upcoming WRC team.
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Old 02-01-2010, 05:31 PM   #7
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No thank you.
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Old 02-01-2010, 06:04 PM   #8
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I'm guessing they sell us this instead of the Golf R because they can make it in North America...


Which is a shame...
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Old 02-01-2010, 06:10 PM   #9
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jeez how many more cars can they stuff this engine in...
sounds like a chipped jetta.
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Old 02-01-2010, 07:28 PM   #10
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If it's AWD and turbo it's cool.
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Old 02-01-2010, 08:09 PM   #11
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I was never sure why they never offered AWD golfs and jettas up until the R32. The chassis have always been designed to accept it.
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Old 02-01-2010, 08:37 PM   #12
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I was never sure why they never offered AWD golfs and jettas up until the R32. The chassis have always been designed to accept it.
As seen with the R32. It would be too expensive for not much more performance. VW is known for high quality, but in expense of some performance.

I don't think many people would want to pay close to $40k for a Golf. VW do not look like they will release anything cheap and raw like an STi or Evo, if anything it would be a premium full featured compact car and not fully focused on only performance, which people are after if paying that much for an econobox. For ~$40k there are many options out there.
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Old 11-05-2010, 08:22 AM   #13
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Volkswagen is to use its new, sixth-generation Jetta saloon to expand its R performance range.

At the Mk6 Jetta’s European launch in Munich last week, VW showed a version equipped with a 3.6-litre V6 petrol engine with an “unspecified” power output, a six-speed DSG gearbox and the firm’s 4Motion all-wheel drive system.


VW’s R division was spun off as a separate in-house company earlier this year, similar to BMW’s M unit, and it is keen to develop a follow-up to the Golf R and Scirocco R models.

Also in development at the R division alongside the Jetta is the long-rumoured Polo R, following Audi’s announcement that it will re-engineer the Polo/A1 platform for four-wheel drive, something the platform was previously unable to cater for.

VW’s R&D chief, Ulrich Hackenberg, told Autocar that a Jetta R is being evaluated and its chances of production are secure if the customer demand is there. That should be a near certainty, given the popularity of V6 sports saloons in the US, the Jetta’s key market and one where VW expects to significantly increase volume of the new car.

“If there are customers asking for it, we will do it,” he said. “It wouldn’t be a problem for us. The Jetta’s platform can take four-wheel drive.”
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Old 11-05-2010, 09:46 AM   #14
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At the Mk6 Jetta’s European launch in Munich last week, VW showed a version equipped with a 3.6-litre V6 petrol engine with an “unspecified” power output, a six-speed DSG gearbox and the firm’s 4Motion all-wheel drive system.
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is it me or that engine looks like a transverse mounted inline 6 and not a v6?...
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Old 11-05-2010, 11:26 AM   #15
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It's a VR6. It's a volkswagen thing. Basically a really narrow V6 that uses 1 head and sounds awesome.
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Old 11-05-2010, 11:52 AM   #16
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boosted 4cyl would have been a better choice.
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Reihenmotor is German for "in-line" hence the "R" in VR6. From what I understand the impetus for this design was the ability to put a six cylinder in a tight engine bay originally designed for a 4 cylinder. Roksax is correct when he says they sound awesome, but from a performance perspective Lboogie has got it right.
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Old 11-05-2010, 12:33 PM   #18
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would be nice if it was actually made in germany
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Let's wait and see how much it costs and how badly they water it down.
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It looks like a straight 6 to me too.


oops, missed the VR6 explanation.

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Wonderful, another DSG only car from VW.
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15 degree V6 (I think) that uses one head and flow in a inline fashion with exhaust on one side, and intake on the other. It makes the motor about 4.5 cylinders long and 1.5 wide. Good for getting alot of combustion in a small space. Had early head issues, and the needed balancing holds back output from reaching similar outputs of inlines or 60 deg V6s. Oh and sounds great.
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Screw that, its still made in Mexico.
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Old 11-08-2010, 07:17 PM   #24
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As seen with the R32. It would be too expensive for not much more performance. VW is known for high quality interiors, but in expense of some performance and any semblance of reliability.
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Old 11-08-2010, 09:51 PM   #25
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As expensive and slow as the GTI R32 but it will most likely handle worse. It should give the 3.6 Legacy a little bit of competition.
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