At The Wheel : Performance Sedan
2007 JETTA GLI Fahrenheit: Number 7 of 1200
By Frederick Staab CruiseControlRadio.Com
I bet you can’t find one person whose interest isn’t peaked when they hear the term
Can’t be sure if that’s what going on the minds of those purchasing VW’s Jetta GLI Fahrenheit edition. Yes, it is a limited edition. In fact the vehicle I drove was number
The Fahrenheit is based on Volkswagens stellar Jetta GLI. After its recent redesign this mid size four door blossomed with excellent handling characteristics, an interior with quality far beyond its pay grade thanks to displays and components borrowed from Audi parts bin. And while you typically would not put trunk size in the same paragraph with handling and interior quality, I will since the Jetta has a gargantuan deep aft storage area with beaucoup amounts of capacity. Performance and plenty of storage are not mutually exclusive any more.
Speaking of performance our GLI Fahrenheit was motivated by a 2.0-liter 200hp turbo
All Jettas come with electro-mechanical steering, which is a mixed bag. The hardware weighs less than traditional steering gear but there always seem to be slight but noticeable driver feedback artifacts. For example we found the steering response to be a bit springy when making turns.
Putting 200 Horsepower to the ground though the front wheels means there is a degree of torque steer but it was negligible in case of the GLI Fahrenheit. Perhaps that’s due to some standard equipment in the form of Anti-Slip regulation (ASR) and Electronic Differential Lock (EDL). By the way Electronic Stabilization and ABS are also included at no additional charge.
HOW ABOUT YELLOW?
Our limed edition ride came cloaked in blazing Fahrenheit yellow. It’s a hue that will make a Yellow cab or school bus appear bland and faded. The hot yellow invades
the car interior with color accents on the dash, doors and accent stitching on the Anthracite leather seats and shifter boot.
The Fahrenheit package also includes nicely spoke styled 18” alloys with 225/40’s. Summer performance tires are typically mounted but for no charge you can opt for more seasonally adaptable All season tires. While we are noting the wheels you’ll want to peer in between the spokes at the package included bright red painted calipers.
And finally this limited edition bundles an in dash 6 disc CD changer that can read MP3s which also sports an auxiliary input jack for your audio gear or choice. I have always been a fan of VW’s current crop of radios. They take up a lot of dashboard
real estate but offer dedicated knobs and buttons for functions such as balance and bass and treble. Our system added Sirius satellite radio for $3765. The radio head display is large so there was no strain is seeing the Artist and Song titles.
If you are interested in the Fahrenheit edition Jetta GLI you better like that super
news because the Fahrenheit GTI is also available on a limited basis. Along with two other members of a the VW collectable quartet including the Triple White New
Beetle and the return of the Wolfsburg Edition Jetta.
So will buying the one of Fahrenheit editions now allow you to pay for your kid’s college or purchase that vacation home when you sell it twenty years from now?
Well we will have the let the collector car market determine that. In the meantime if you are looking
For a fast and sophisticated for its price level sedan with plenty of storage see your VW
Dealer. Just remember to bring your sunglasses!
Specifications: 2007 Jetta GLI Fahrenheit
Mileage on test vehicle: 3468