A Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid has managed to set a new land speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats after averaging 186.313 mph (299.842 km/h).
“We’re very proud that the Jetta Hybrid has not only posted the fastest speed for a hybrid at Bonneville, but that it has gone out and broken an SCTA land speed record as well. Achieving this record at Bonneville shows that the all-new 2013 Jetta Hybrid is a distinctly different offering in the compact hybrid class, offering excellent fuel economy while retaining the fun-to-drive nature expected from a Volkswagen”, said the VW America CEO, Jonathan Browning, in a statement.
Volkswagen says that a specially modified Jetta has been used for the job which was able to average 186.313 mph (299.842 km/h) in two runs and thanks to this the model has earned the Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) H/PS land speed record for production cars with engines of 1.5 liters of less than that which use forced induction.
Power to the regular 2013 Volkswagen Jetta Hybrid is being provided by a 1.4 liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine, which is helped by an electric motor, producing a total output of 170 horsepower. The hybrid powertrain is mated to a seven-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic transmission. The new Jetta Hybrid is expected to get a combined fuel economy of 45 mpg but the EPA didn’t post the official fuel economy numbers of the model for the moment. The 2013 Jetta Hybrid is going on sale from 25,790 USD.