With the new 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid set for release in North American late this year, the German car maker has announced a new speed record by this sedan. And the record is part of its marketing campaign!
In August, the Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid beat the speed record for hybrid cars, reaching a top speed of 185.394 mph (298.363 km/h). For the second time this year, the same vehicle and same driver have just beaten this record by posting 187.147 mph (301.184 km/h). Motor Trend Associate Road Test Editor Carlos Lago was at the wheel and achieved this speed on the second leg of his second run. Volkswagen also set a new record for turbos under 1.5 litres with an average speed over two runs of 186.313 mph (299.842 km/h). These records were set on the renowned Bonneville Salt Flats of Utah in the United States on Friday, October 5, 2012.
Understandably, it was a modified version of the 2013 Jetta Hybrid, so don't expect to go that fast if you buy a production-line version of the sedan. Although staying within Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) rules, its 150-horsepower, 1.4-litre TSI received a bigger turbo, had its suspension lowered, interior stripped out and a full safety cage added along with new aerodynamic wheels. Total power was increased to 300 horses, whereas the production model only delivers 170 (gasoline engine + 20 kW electric motor).
Repeating his sentiments at the previous record, President and CEO of Volkswagen America Jonathan Browning said that the "2013 Jetta Hybrid is a distinctly different offering in the compact hybrid class, offering excellent fuel economy while retaining the fun-to-drive nature expected from a Volkswagen."
By Brian Oudart - autoExpert.ca