Volkswagen Reveals Customizable New Jetta At SEMA

SEMA 2018

The Jetta continues to be a darling of the aftermarket world.

This year, Volkswagen revealed the all-new seventh generation Jetta. For now, the only engine option is a 1.4-liter turbocharged TSI engine producing 147 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque going out through either an eight-speed automatic or six-speed manual transmission. Unfortunately for enthusiasts, that manual transmission is only available on the base S trim. A sportier GLI version should arrive early next year, which should give enthusiasts something to talk about.

Until the GLI arrives, VW wants to show that the base Jetta is still a nice option for people who like to customize their cars. The Jetta has long been a darling of the aftermarket world, and the seventh generation is no different. At this year's 2018 SEMA Auto Show, VW is showcasing three custom Jettas from aftermarket tuners.

Manual transmission enthusiasts will likely gravitate towards the Jetta S by Jamie Orr (pictured above). Orr has shown how good a Jetta can look on lowered KW Clubsport coilovers with remote reservoirs and three-way adjustable damping. The lowered look is capped off with 20-inch Work Emotion T5R 2P wheels and Brembo six-piston calipers up front and Golf R calipers at the rear. Further adding to the exterior design is an ECS Tuning 3D-printed prototype body kit with a high-rise rear spoiler.

On the inside, the car takes a retro sporty look with a Black Forest Industries color-matched shift knob and Recaro A8 seats wrapped in a classic houndstooth pattern.

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The Air Design USA Jetta SEL (pictured above) is meant to pay homage to the custom Jetta from the '80s and '90s. It rides on 19-inch TSW Hockenheim S wheels, which are a modern redesign of the '90s-era DTM-inspired Hockenheim wheel. The vintage look is capped off with a body kit with rear lip spoiler and tri-color graphics.

Finally, the H&R Special Springs Jetta R-Line (pictured below) is built to show off the company's lowering springs for the seventh generation Jetta. The car has been lowered with H&R Street Performance coilovers and Trak+ wheel spacers. It rides on 19 x 8.5-inch Rotiform BUC wheels wrapped in Pirelli P Zero tires. Capping off the look is an Air Design USA body kit with a high-rise rear spoiler and Sticky Jewel graphics.

All three of these custom Jettas will be on display at SEMA from October 30 to November 2 at various locations in and around the Las Vegas Convention Center.

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