VW's next R performance model looks set to be a 3.6-litre V6 version of the new Jetta

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.

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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.

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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.”

Mark Tisshaw

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5 November 2010

now if they put a manual box on it..................

R32

5 November 2010

How odd that VW would put a 3.6-litre V6 engine in a Jetta R and not the 2.0 turbo four-cylinder from the current Golf R. One would have thought they would have used the 2.0 litre 4-cyl given all the fuss about emissions.

5 November 2010

I think both engines may be an option depending upon the market. As the article said, the US market likes its V6s, while the European market would be happy with the IL4 from the Golf R. The fact that the car can have a high performance engine and 4 wheel drive is what would make me consider one. I'm sure a top spec Jetta with the above mentioned engines and VW's Syncro would eat into Audi A4 Quattro sales too!

5 November 2010

[quote R32]How odd that VW would put a 3.6-litre V6 engine in a Jetta R and not the 2.0 turbo four-cylinder from the current Golf R. One would have thought they would have used the 2.0 litre 4-cyl given all the fuss about emissions.[/quote]

I thought that, but then the similar (same?) engine in the Passat CC achieves 219 g/km. Anything under the 225 g/km barrier has an advantage but then the Golf R is something like 195 g/km which makes a lot more sense for company drivers.


5 November 2010

[quote mx5xm] I'm sure a top spec Jetta with the above mentioned engines and VW's Syncro would eat into Audi A4 Quattro sales too![/quote]

Naughty VW, imagine if Skoda were to do something like that..

5 November 2010

The statement that VW is going to put a 3.6-litre V6 in a Jetta and launch it in America, shows that they have a different mentality to Europe, it would be too thirsty and more importantly have too high a CO2 figure to be launched here where they would put a small turbo in it. VW need to put some exciting cars in the US market as they are lagging badly there in 8th place behind the likes of Hyundai and Kia.

5 November 2010

[quote mx5xm]The fact that the car can have a high performance engine and 4 wheel drive is what would make me consider one. I'm sure a top spec Jetta with the above mentioned engines and VW's Syncro would eat into Audi A4 Quattro sales too[/quote]

If all of that happened then I'd take the Jetta over the A4 if I was in the market for that sort of car. Would be a hell of a lot rarer and I reckon cooler.

5 November 2010

[quote Addy Go Fast]If all of that happened then I'd take the Jetta over the A4 if I was in the market for that sort of car. Would be a hell of a lot rarer and I reckon cooler[/quote]

Yes, but that line of thinking didn't help them sell many Passat R36s...

5 November 2010

[quote mx5xm] I'm sure a top spec Jetta with the above mentioned engines and VW's Syncro would eat into Audi A4 Quattro sales [/quote]

I think the new Jetta will eat into A4 sales anyway - it even looks Audiesque from the back.

5 November 2010

[quote disco.stu]Yes, but that line of thinking didn't help them sell many Passat R36s[/quote]

That's true but I think the engine selected had a large part to play, along with the image of the Passat. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that the Jetta is some awe inspiring vehicle that everyone wants, but I think it appeals to a wider audience.

They won't, but if they stuck in the 3.6 V6 then it would sell no better than the R36. Obviously stick the 2.0T 270bhp in and I think it would definitely sell. I'd like to think it might be a tad cheaper than the Golf R too although that could be wishful thinking!

And in relation to the A4 debate - I can see this definitely taking customers. For a top spec Jetta R it would probably only get you a mid spec A4 2.0T or 2.0Tdi 170 for that money. It'll also, hopefully, be much better to drive than an A4. Not expecting Scirocco handling but something not too far off the Golf GTI or R would be considered a success.

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