In 2008, VW established the TDI Cup. Sanctioned by the SCCA, the TDI Cup is a single make race series run in North America, running VW Jetta TDIs that are mostly stock, and are prepared by the factory. Coming in January 2010, VW will offer the Jetta TDI Cup ‘Street’ Edition. The body kit features the front bumper, side skirts and rear valance straight off the race car. The ‘Street’ Edition is also visually unique with its 18″ Charleston wheels, and red brake calipers.
The changes aren’t just cosmetic. The ‘Street’ Edition features bigger brakes, sway bars, and a GLI-tuned suspension that promise a sportier ride than the standard TDI. The drivetrain remains the same-meaning the quiet, smooth and torquey 2.0L, 140hp TDI four, mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed DSG with shift paddles. Inside, the ‘Street’ Edition includes sport seats and a leather-wrapped, multi-function steering wheel.
VW expects the TDI Cup ‘Street’ Edition to sticker around $25,000USD, but that price is offset by a $1,300 US Federal Government tax credit.