Bonneville Jetta

While the rest of us will drive the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta at highway speed (the speed limit in Missouri is up to 70 MPH, 75 MPH in Kansas), there are those who believe that it can go up to – and past – 200 MPH.

This is what Volkswagen is about to do – set a speed record.

A highly modified Volkswagen Jetta is being prepared for a run on the famed Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah to attempt the Southern California Timing Association’s BGC/G class record. That record is 208.472 MPH.

This Jetta is equipped with a modified version of the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This is same engine found on various Volkswagen models – including the Golf GTI, the Golf R, and soon to the upcoming Jetta GLI. Helping to make this run is retaining the 0.27 drag coefficient of the 2019 Jetta, along with a few more enhancements.

The suspension of the Bonneville Jetta has been lowered, special Salt Flat wheels and tires fitted, and a limited-slip differential added to aid traction. The interior has been stripped and outfitted with full safety equipment—such as a roll cage, racing seat and harness—and a fire suppression system. To help slow the car down, the Bonneville Jetta has been fitted with a pair of parachutes.

The run at the record is set for August 11-17, 2018.

This is another example of what Volkswagen can do when the imagination is set free. Hopefully, your imagination can be set free with one test drive of the 2019 Jetta at Bud Brown Volkswagen. But please, keep your driving down to the posted speed limit.