To celebrate the introduction of its 50-state legal Jetta TDI in 2009, Volkswagen launched its own racing series based on the car called the TDI Cup. The series uses young, aspiring racecar drivers piloting Jetta TDI sedans which were only slightly modified from a stock car. After showing a concept version of the car at the 2008 SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) show, Volkswagen is finally getting ready to introduce a street version of its diesel-powered racecar, the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup "Street" Edition.
The coolest part of the 2010 VW Jetta TDI Cup "Street" Edition is that it is almost a replica of the cars used on the track. Replacing the massive chrome grille of the base Jetta models, the "Street" Edition has a much more aggressive front fascia with a trio of large intakes along the bottom and a smaller three-bar grille to house the signature VW emblem. Matching the sporty front fascia, the new model gets unique side skirts and rear fascia shared with the cars used in the TDI Cup. The only visual aspect not shared with the actual TDI racecars is the decklid spoiler. Finishing off the upgraded styling, the TDI Cup "Street" Edition adds bright red painted calipers and "TDI Cup Edition" stickers along the lower edge of the side doors.
Although most of the upgrades made to the Jetta TDI "Street" Edition are cosmetic, the car was also given improved handling and stability thanks to shared components with the performance-oriented GLI. Larger sway bars and a sport-tuned suspension help improve the Jetta's handling, while larger brakes maximize stopping ability. Keeping the 'Street'? Edition legal in all 50 states, it continues to use the same diesel engine that is found under the hood of the stock TDI cars. Instead of the racecar's 170 horsepower, the VW Jetta TDI uses a 2.0-liter that delivers 140 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque.
The 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Street Edition will truly be a car that blends its performance capabilities with the added environmental benefit that is inherent with diesel-powered cars. As such, the Jetta TDI Cup Street Edition will qualify for the Advanced Lean Burn Technology Motor Vehicle Federal Income Tax Credit. Like the standard Volkswagen Jetta TDI and Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen TDI, owners of the Jetta TDI Cup Street Edition will qualify for a $1,300 credit. VW says that the "Street" Edition will have a starting MSRP around $25,000, which is a premium of $2,340 over the 2010 VW Jetta TDI sedan.
With its pricing, styling and fun-to-drive attitude, the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup "Street" Edition should be just as quick off the showrooms as it is on the street when it goes on sale in January.