A few weeks ago Volkswagen took a production-based Jetta to the Bonneville Salts Flats and went 210 mph, setting a record in the process. As you can probably tell from the title of this story, that milestone was eclipsed by a single mph courtesy of Matt Farah at The Smoking Tire. Sorry, VW.
At least the car was still the same. To refresh your memory, this is a new Jetta that VW built specifically for speed competition at the famous salt flats. It’s front-wheel drive with a six-speed manual, and its 2.0-litre turbocharged engine makes 550 bhp according to Farah in the video. We don’t know if that’s a mistake or if VW detuned the engine for his passes, because the car was listed as making 600 bhp for the record run. It competed during the Utah Salt Flats Racing Association’s event in September, where it eclipsed the old record of 208.472 mph with the aforementioned speed.