Find Of The Day: Pure Power Jetta

This week’s Find Of The Day is not a rolling classic, or a well-maintained rare trim level, or even a low-mileage grandma-just-drove-it-to-church time capsule. Nope. This one is all about power. Pure balls-to-the-wall power. If you’re looking for something to tear up the drag strip, this 2003 Jetta (Jetta!?) could be just the car for you.

When you think of powerful Volkswagens, the Jetta probably is not tops on your list. Maybe Golf Rs, or R32s, or V10 TDI Touaregs, but the Jetta!? Well, VWVortex member SickVR6A2 has taken a 2003 Jetta Wolfsburg Edition to the extreme.  He estimates the car is making between 350 and 370 horsepower. And he thinks it can make over 400 with more tuning.

Where does all this power come from? Take one look under the hood and you’ll see copious upgrades. The star here is the large Precision Turbo & Engine 3231E turbocharger. We won’t go into all the details (there’s just way too much on this car), but highlights include an ABD Racing intake manifold, Eurojet turbo-back exhaust, upgraded injectors, upgraded camshafts, and much much more. A 6-speed transmission replaces the original 5, and it includes a beefed-up clutch to handle all that power.

Enhancements aren’t limited to the engine bay. The car sits on Raceland coilovers and it rolls on 18″ Porsche Twist alloy wheels. There are OEM GLI front and rear valences. And the front bumper is modified to force air to the large intercooler.

Have we mentioned he’s only asking $5800? If this Jetta is making 350HP, that’s only about $16 per horsie.

What’s the drawback, you ask? The big issue with this pure-power Jetta is the interior: there isn’t much of one. The seats, door panels, and door cards are all gone. There’s no heat since the heater core is bypassed. So while it’s fun to think of terrorizing unsuspecting drivers with this almost-sleeper, it’s not exactly a daily driver.

You can check out the car in-person in Winstead, Connecticut. Or take a look at the ad in our classifieds.