The new 2013 Volkswagen Jetta hybrid broke speed records this summer and fall and has officially tested as the world’s fastest hybrid.

In August, the Jetta tested at the Bonneville Salt Flats speedway, and broke the previous production car land speed by 18.8 mph at the Bonneville World Finals.

In October, the Volkswagen Jetta hybrid returned to the Bonneville speedway to break another record: the Southern California Timing Association’s (SCTA) production car land speed record. The SCTA, a non-profit volunteer organization comprised of twelve individual clubs, sponsors multiple land speed racing events each year in Southern California, El Mirage Dry Lake, and at the Bonneville Salt Flats.


The 2013 Volkswagen Jetta hybrid returned to the Bonneville Salt Flats this October to break the SCTA’s production land speed production record. Credit: Volkswagen USA.

The vehicle was driven by Carlos Lago, Motor Trend Associate Road Test Editor.

Lago averaged 186.313 mph over two runs, almost 1 mph faster than the hybrid’s previous world-record breaking run in August. Lagos also beat the renowned 300 km/h mark over the last mile of his second run, with an average of 301.184 km/h, or 187.147 mph.

“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,” said Jonathan Browning, CEO and President, Volkswagen Group of America. “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.”

The new 2013 Jetta Hybrid will become commercially available at the end of 2012. It runs on a 1.4-liter turbocharged, direct-injection four-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor. The combined output of the engine and electric motor is 170 horsepower, along with 184 pound-feet of torque. The Jetta Hybrid has a manufacturer-estimated 45 miles per gallon, and according to Volkswagen, the vehicle is still able to reach 60 mph from a standstill in 8.6 seconds, and continue on to a top track speed of 125 mph (electronically governed in the U.S.).




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