2013 FMS Volkswagen Jetta Racer's Dream


(from Volkswagen Press Release)

The Jetta remains VW’s best-seller, three years after the sixth-generation model was introduced in the U.S. market. But Volkswagen never rests on success and continuously strives to make the Jetta, like every VW, even better. The Jetta is proof of this philosophy, undergoing a number of updates in recent years including the fitment of a new version of the award-winning EA888 2.0-liter turbocharged and direct-injected TSI engine. The new engine makes 210 horsepower (up 10 horsepower over the Gen 2 TSI engine), which helps the Jetta GLI accelerate from 0 to 60 mph a tenth faster with a manual transmission and two tenths quicker with the DSG® dual-clutch automatic. More performance isn’t the only benefit, as the new engine is also more fuel-efficient and weighs in at eight pounds less than the Gen 2 unit.

To highlight the performance potential of VW’s new 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, FMS Automotive built the ultimate performance Jetta. The FMS team successfully transformed the Jetta into a 400-horsepoer “Racer’s Dream in Black and White.”

Building on an already formidable 2.0-liter TSI turbocharged engine as its foundation, the FMS Automotive crew tapped the APR for their Stage 3+ Turbo Kit to help boost output to 425 horsepower, more than double the standard output. To help manage the new-found power, the engine was equipped with APR rods, wristpins, and performance pistons. To help it breathe, an APR carbon fiber cold air intake system with intercooler was installed. Despite the massive increase in power, the performance Jetta still runs on 93 octane pump fuel.

Handling duties are enhanced by the use of an H&R Street coil-over suspension system coupled with H&R Sport anti-roll bars. Silver 19-inch TSW Jerez wheels with chrome lips and wrapped in Nitto NT-05 Z-rated tires provide more grip. With so much more power, this high-performance Jetta needs more stopping power, which the FMS Automotive team found from braking powerhouse Brembo with a set of performance four-piston calipers and cross-drilled rotors.

With all of the performance bases covered, a SEMA show car wouldn’t be complete without striking design enhancements. Out front, the build team combined the Jetta Hybrid grille and the Golf R front fascia with a custom front splitter. All four fenders were widened by approximately two inches, while the team converted the GLI rear bumper to a custom wide-body piece that accommodates a dual-exit exhaust with oval tips. Custom Golf R side skirts were added along with all-new FMS Automotive body side moldings set for release at this year’s SEMA show.

To round out the exterior upgrades, the performance Jetta features matte-finished Candy White premium Axalta Coatings paint. Underscoring the street performance theme, the roof, rear spoiler, and front grille are accented with gloss black paint to create a sporty contrast.

Inside, the team at FMS Automotive left no stone unturned. The front seats were replaced with black and beige Recaro Sportster CS units and FMS matched the updated reupholstered rear seats, door trim, steering wheel, handbrake, and gear shifter. Volkswagen provided a suite of technology enhancements including LED lighting, a full RNS® 315 navigation system with rearview camera, a custom sound box and digital sound processer, and aesthetic pieces such as aluminum pedal caps and door sills. Rounding out the interior, ECS Tuning contributed an integrated digital vent gauge, while Corinthian Textile Solutions provided a custom trunk liner and floor mats.

The performance Jetta will be on display at booth #20255 in Central Hall from November 5 to 8

In addition to the FMS Automotive performance Jetta, an additional Volkswagen Jetta equipped with VW’s all-new 1.8-liter turbocharged Gen 3 EA888 engine and the all-new, seventh-generation Golf will debut at SEMA.

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