Volkswagen Has The Blues and a Hot 2.0-Liter in Vegas [2013 SEMA Show]

Volkswagen’s stand at this year’s SEMA show will highlight its new 1.8- and 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines, which we’ve already sampled in the Jetta and the forthcoming MkVII Golf family. Since those mills are so, uh, a few months ago, we’re going to focus on the pair of Jettas VW is using to demonstrate the potential of its new 2.0-liter and to make us long for an exterior finish we can’t have.

Jetta Racer’s Dream

Unquestionably the most attention-grabbing thing on Volkswagen’s stand is the Jetta Racer’s Dream, which manages to eke out 425 horsepower from the new 2.0-liter. The blazingly white sedan, tuned by FMS Automotive, features bigger wheels and Brembo brakes, as well as a unique suspension treatment and a new cold-air intake and intercooler. The interior adds Recaros in place of standard buckets, and surfaces have been reupholstered. The Racer’s Dream is something of a parts special, borrowing a grille from the Jetta hybrid and styling elements of the limited-edition Golf R.

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Helios Special Edition Jetta GLI Tribute

The second FMS-modified show car at SEMA pays homage to a limited-run, second-generation Jetta, of which 1500 were produced in Helios Blue—a confounding blend of purple, blue, and black. The reimagined Helios Special Edition Jetta GLI Tribute is a fitting testament, sporting a bespoke body kit and trim, the grille from the Jetta hybrid, 19-inch gray wheels, and a deep-blue paint job. The upgraded interior features Recaros as well as a traditional golf-ball shift knob perched atop the six-speed manual transmission, and, in case you forgot which special-edition Jetta you were looking at, “Helios” badges abound inside and out.

2013 SEMA Show

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