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185MPH VW Jetta Hybrid Sets Bonneville Record - Web Exclusive

VW set out to prove its latest Jetta Hybrid could still be entertaining, setting a land speed record in the process.

Greg Emmerson
Aug 17, 2012
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While most drivers might consider hybrid vehicles to be a poor alternative to a sports car, VW set out to prove its latest Jetta Hybrid could still be entertaining, setting a land speed record in the process.

Driven by Carlos Lago from Motor Trend magazine, the turbocharged Hybrid sedan reached 185mph to set a Hybrid Speed Record at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.

The actual speed was 185.394mph, set during the Southern California Timing Association’s (SCTA) annual Speed Week. This is the fastest speed ever achieved by a production hybrid at Bonneville.

“Achieving this speed at Bonneville shows the 2013 Jetta Hybrid is a distinctly different offering in the compact hybrid class,” said Jonathan Browning from VW Group of America. “As well as being expected to achieve combined fuel economy of 45mpg, the Jetta Turbo Hybrid also retains the fun-to-drive nature you expect from a Volkswagen in a segment dominated by less exciting vehicles.”

The Jetta Hybrid uses a 150hp 1.4L four-cylinder TSI turbo gasoline engine with seven-speed DSG transmission plus an electric motor that provides an additional 27hp. But to achieve the horsepower needed for 185mph, the powertrain was modified by Volkswagen R&D in Germany.

The car was also modified to run according to SCTA rules by A-Salt Racing and Advanced Product Engineering.

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