VW Tunes New E88 Turbo Engine-Powered Jetta Sedans and Golf Mk7 for SEMA

This week’s 2013 SEMA Show in Las Vegas will see Volkswagen bringing tuned Jetta sedans fitted with the brand’s all-new 1.8-liter turbocharged Gen 3 EA888 engine that replaces the venerable 2.5-liter inline five and the latest version of the 2.0-liter TFSI, along with the seventh generation of the Golf hatchback.

The first Jetta study is the 425-horsepower “Racer’s Dream in Black and White” built in collaboration with FMS Automotive. It uses VW’s newer 2.0-liter TFSI that in stock form, makes 210hp or 10hp more over the Gen 2 unit.

FMS Automotive tapped the APR for their Stage 3+ Turbo Kit to help boost output to 425HP, while also upgrading the suspension (H&R kit), wheels (19-inch TSW Jerez wrapped in Nitto rubber) and brakes (Brembo with a set of performance four-piston calipers and cross-drilled rotors). A matte white finish for the body that contrasts against gloss black accents, an aero package that includes Golf R skirts, and a sported up interior complete the list.

The second Jetta model is the “Helios Special Edition Jetta GLI Tribute” that uses VW’s all-new 1.8-liter turbo engine. As the name points out, the styling details and paint scheme pay homage to VW’s original Helios Special Edition from the late 1980s . Notable upgrades include a VW-designed aero package, Golf R brake calipers custom painted with the “Helios” logo, 19-inch VW Motorsports wheels coated in ceramic gunmetal gray and wrapped with Nitto Invo 235/35 ZR-rated tires, and new Recaro seats inside.

VW hasn’t released any photos of the H&R Golf Mk7 study but it did mention that the car will feature a sports suspension, Brembo brakes, 19-inch rims in 225/35ZR tires, a VW Accessories body styling kit and a sports exhaust with center tailpipes.



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