Volkswagen’s 2013 SEMA Showcase: New Engines, Special Cars

Volkswagen’s 2013 SEMA Showcase: New Engines, Special Cars

Volkswagen is showcasing a couple of exciting vehicular improvements and some specially modified cars at SEMA in Las Vegas this week.

The people’s car brand is bringing a couple of new engines to North America. The first is an enhanced version of their very familiar 2.0-liter TFSI gasoline four-cylinder. Starting late this year the powerplant is getting a slight boost in output. Horsepower grows by 10, making for a grand total of 210.

More exciting news is the availability of a new 1.8-liter base engine. It replaces the dreadful 2.5-liter five-cylinder that’s been moaning and groaning under the hoods of countless entry-level VWs for far too long. The new turbo-four is expected to put out around 160 horsepower and 185 lb-ft of torque.

Helios Special Edition Jetta GLI Tribute

One of the special models on display is the Helios Jetta GLI. Modified by FMS Automotive, this Mk 6 Volkswagen pays homage to the Helios Special Edition that bowed back in 1989.

The new car’s body is painted exactly the same, a striking combination of black and blue. Beyond the custom colors it features unique moldings, a rear spoiler and special side-view mirrors. It also rides on 19-inch gunmetal-gray wheels that are wrapped in sticky Nitto Invo tires.

Rounding things out is a custom exhaust system, which adds a sporty sound. It should really let the car’s 1.8-liter TFSI engine sing.

Inside, the Helios Jetta GLI Tribute model features Recaro seats finished in blue and black upholstery, brushed aluminum pedal covers and embroidered floor mats.

H&R Volkswagen Golf

Another SEMA-ified VW on display is the H&R Golf. This upgraded seventh-generation car features a performance coil-over suspension system with 26 millimeter sway bars at both ends. Up front the ride height has dropped by 1.5 inches; in the rear it’s down by 1.75, which gives the already sporty car an even more aggressive stance. High performance Brembo brakes bring everything to a stop.

Adding some style is a VW Accessories body kit and 19-inch Rotiform wheels.

In addition to these two special cars Volkswagen is also showcasing another specially modified Jetta. Created by FMS Automotive this car features a heavily reworked 2.0-liter engine. With all-new internals and a stage 3+ turbo kit it delivers 425 horsepower on 93 octane pump gas! Naturally this car features all kinds of other upgrades, from styling changes to suspension enhancements.

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