Volkswagen Hits SEMA 2018 with a Trio of Modified Jettas [News]

2019 Volkswagen Jetta - Modified Jettas on display at SEMA 2018

Tuners have taken to Volkswagen’s next-generation compact sedan, creating three modified Jettas for this year’s SEMA event.

H&R Springs, Air Design and Volkswagen enthusiast Jamie Orr have all taken to the 2019 Volkswagen Jetta, creating three distinctive builds for this year’s SEMA show. Each takes a bit of a different approach, which aims to build on the latest model’s all-around appeal. For those of you who like the their cars slammed, Jamie Orr’s build ought to win some admirers. The Air Design Jetta SEL wins brownie points with its throwback to Volkswagens from the 1980s and 90s. Finally, the H&R Special Springs Jetta R-Line gives enthusiasts a subtle, sporty look for the Jetta.

Jetta S by Jamie Orr

Let’s start with what’s likely to be the most controversial contender among the modified Jettas – enthusiast Jamie Orr’s build. He took a base model Jetta S with a six-speed manual transmission. From there, this Jetta’s been lowered on KW Clubsport 3-way adjustable coilovers. That aggressive stance highlights 20-inch Work Emotion T5R 2P wheels wrapped in Delinte DS8 tires. What’s more, this car sports a 3D-printed ECS Tuning body kit, punctuated by that high-rise spoiler on the back.

It’s not all about looks, however. While there’s no mention of any upgrades under the hood, there are a few performance pieces. Orr fitted a cool-looking Borla exhaust system, as well as Brembo six-piston front brake calipers and ECS 2-piece rotors. Around the back, there are Golf R rear calipers, also with ECS 2-piece brake rotors.

Inside, the Jetta S caps off its aftermarket look with Recaro A8, retrimmed in houndstooth fabric. There’s also an aluminum pedal set and a Golf R flat-bottom steering wheel.

H&R Special Springs Jetta R-Line

Next up is the H&R Special Springs Jetta R-Line. Those who know H&R know what to expect here. Naturally, this Jetta gets performance coilovers that drop the car onto its 19-inch Rotiform BUC wheels. While there’s little wheel gap here, it’s much more conservative than Jamie Orr’s creation. Also on offer are Pirelli P Zero tires and 13.4-inch front brake rotors (1.9 inches larger than stock).

Aesthetically, H&R went also went with a high-rsie rear spoiler, as well as contrasting graphics to the Habanero Orange paint. Other than the suspension and brakes, no other significant performance upgrades are on offer here. H&R’s build takes the Jetta in a sportier direction.

Air Design Jetta SEL

It’s still a 2019 Jetta, but this SEL model by Air Design harkens back to a bygone age. In this throwback, we have tri-color graphics meant to evoke Jettas and Golfs from the 1980s and 90s. To that end, Air Design fitted a special body kit, as well as a tastefully subtle rear spoiler and 19-inch TSW Hockenheim S wheels. A set of Eibach lowering springs, Falken Azenis FK510 tires and red-painted brake calipers round out the Air Design Jetta’s exterior look (mountain bike on its roof notwithstanding).

Inside, Air Design went with a two-tone brown-on-black color scheme. Since this is the top-spec SEL version, leather makes its appearance throughout the interior. There’s also Volkswagen’s digital cockpit and an 8.0-inch infotainment display, as comes standard.

Which of these three modified Jettas would you choose? Let us know in the comments below! Check back to for more SEMA news, views and real-world reviews.

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