Can you believe the 2014 Volkswagen Jetta GLI marks 30 years of the GLI in United States? VW introduced the 1984 GLI sedan to US to follow up on its success with the 1983/1984 GTI. And the rest, as they say, is history.
There is word that VW is preparing a special 30th Anniversary Edition (AE) limited production model for 2014 model year. GLI 30AE will come with and without navigation system. It will have a choice of manual and DSG transmissions, as well as four colors: white, black, silver, and red. Of course, there will also be plenty of 30th anniversary badges.
The 2014 GLI has a 210 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with 207 lb-ft of torque at a low 1,700 rpm. On the other hand, the original 1984 Jetta GLI had a 1.8-liter normally aspirated fuel injected motor good for 90 hp. Both use independent suspension at all four corners, and both have a manual transmission (although 1984 model used a 5-speed instead of 6-speed).
Long live the Jetta GLI!
Check out this TFL video of the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta GLI
Andre Smirnov is a life-long automotive enthusiast, software engineer, writer, and reporter. He has been writing and reporting at TFLcar since 2011. When not working or spending time with the family – you can find him tinkering in the garage or simply ‘going for a drive’.