It’s almost a given that Volkswagen will introduce an R version of the new Jetta compact sedan, but new info has surfaced regarding its powertrain. According to AutoCar, the Jetta R won’t be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, but rather by a 3.6-liter V6. No specifics on that engine’s output have been given, but we have to think it will be somewhere near the 300-hp mark.
The V6 will be teamed up with VW’s 6-speed DSG gearbox and power will be transmitted to the ground via all four wheels. The car will most certainly get the fully independent rear suspension found on the European models, as well as on the top-level GLI model here.
VW R&D boss Ulrich Hackenberg has commented that the official go-ahead for the car has not yet been given, but that it depends on market demand – which is expected to be significant.
The Jetta R would be a followup to the Scirocco R and Golf R in Europe although neither of those models has yet to make it to the U.S. – despite reports the Golf R is coming. Volkswagen is also rumored to be working on a Polo R model.