Inside Line tests hundreds of vehicles a year, but not every vehicle gets a full write-up. The numbers still tell a story, though, so we present “IL Track Tested.” It’s a quick rundown of all the data we collected at the track, along with comments direct from the test drivers. Enjoy. Video after the jump.
Volkswagen, celebrating the Jetta TDI CUP racing program, released a TDI Cup street car at the 2008 SEMA Show. The concept had red brakes, bitchin’ 10-spoke wheels, antiroll bars sport suspension and a racy body kit.
And now the 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Edition is here and it’s got red brakes, a racy body kit, 10-spoke wheels and a sport suspension. The TDI Cup Edition has 140-horsepower from a 2.0-liter diesel motor, a six-speed manual transmission and a whopping 236 lb-feet of torque.
Vehicle: 2010 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Cup Edition
Driver: Chris Walton
Base price: $24,990
Options on car: Salsa Red Exterior; Interlagos Cloth interior; Jetta TDI Cup Edition Body kit ($2,350– includes front bumper, side sill extensions and rear valence.); Power sunroof ($1,000); Jetta wing spoiler ($499); Jetta mat kit ($225 — includes 4 rubber mats and trunk liner); Media device for iPod Integration ($199); Six speed manual transmission.
Price as tested: $30,013 (inc 750 destination charge)
Drive Type: Front-wheel drive
Transmission Type: Six-speed manual
Engine Type: Inline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in): 1,968cc (120 cu-in)
Redline (rpm): 5,100
Horsepower (hp @ rpm): 140 @ 4,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm): 236 @ 1,750
Brake Type (front): Ventilated disc
Brake Type (rear): Disc
Steering System: Electric speed-proportional power steering
Suspension Type (front): Independent, MacPherson strut
Suspension Type (rear): Independent, multilink
Tire Size (front): 225/40R18 92H
Tire Size (rear): P225/40R18 92H
Tire Brand: Pirelli
Tire Model: P Zero Nero
Tire Type: All-season
Wheel Material (front/rear): Alloy
As tested Curb Weight (lb): 3,282
0-30 (sec): 3.4
0-45 (sec): 5.8
0-60 (sec): 9.7
0-75 (sec): 14.5
1/4-Mile (sec. @ mph): 17.0 @ 79.5
0-60 with 1-ft Rollout (sec.): 9.4
30-0 (ft): 33
60-0 (ft): 129
Braking Rating: Average
Slalom (mph): 61.7
Skid Pad Lateral Acceleration (g): 0.78
Handling Rating: Average
Db @ Idle: 47.5
Db @ Full Throttle: 76.3
Db @ 70 mph Cruise: 68.5
Acceleration Comments: Pretty quick to 30 mph, but power falls off pretty quickly, too. A little bit of wiggle / tug from the steering wheel at WOT, but nothing I’d call torque steer. Smooth, long-throw shifter we’ve grown to expect from VW.
Braking Comments: Brakes are average for this class of car, and don’t seem upgraded one bit for this “cup” designation. Fade resistance is average, too. Straight stops, all.
Handling Comments: Skid pad: Non-defeat ESC first breathes throttle, then uses brakes. light steering loads only slightly and doesn’t offer much feel. Slalom: again, not sure where the “cup” part comes in, but this Jetta feels as rubbery and flaccid as any other. Non-defeat ESC prefers smooth inputs, but I’m not convinced there would be much to gain by shutting it off. Lots of wind-up and roll.