One of the premium automaker Volkswagen has announced that its 2013 Jetta Hybrid which was driven by Carlos Lago, Motor Trend Associate Road Test Editor has recorded 185.394 mph of speed.
At this speed (298.363 kph), the Volkswagen Jetta model becomes the fastest Hybrid car in the world. The road test was taken at Bonneville Salt Flats located close to Wendover in Nevada. This car was driven by the Carlos Lago during the SCTA’s (Southern California Timing Association) annual Speed Week. The 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid covers the fastest speed a production-based hybrid vehicle that was drove on the popular Bonneville Salt Flats.
The CEO and President of Volkswagen Group of America Jonathan Browning states – achieving this speed at Bonneville shows that the all-new 2013 Jetta Hybrid is a distinctly different offering in the compact hybrid class. He further added that the car is expected to offer a combined fuel economy of 45 mpg. In fact, the car will be fun-to-drive which is not very expected from Volkswagen that focuses on less exciting vehicles.
The all new Jetta Hybrid gets a 1.4 liter turbocharged direct injected 4-cylinder TSI® gasoline engine. Expect the engine to deliver 150 horsepower after mating to a 7-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic gearbox as well as an electric motor that adds 27 horsepower. The Jetta Hybrid shares its platform from VW’s Think Blue® strategy technology so that it gets eco-friendly and become useful for everyday life.
The car was tweaked by VW R&D in Wolfsburg, Germany. The modifications were made to make the car run safely on the salt.