2014 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Helios Special Edition

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Volkswagen couldn’t miss the 2013 SEMA Show , so it’s heading to Las Vegas with a series of customized Jetta sedans.

One of these Jetta models is a tribute to the 1989 Helios Special Edition Jetta GLI . As a reminder, the Helios Edition was built on the MKII Jetta , and VW limited it to just 1,500 units. The very special thing about this car was its Helios Blue paint that, depending on the light, could look navy, black or purple.

The special edition in Las Vegas features the same blue and black paint scheme, but it adds an aggressive body kit from FMS Automotive. This kit includes custom side moldings, a new rear spoiler and side mirrors all painted to match the Helios blue and black paint theme.

Under the hood, the Jetta GLI Helios Special Edition carries the all-new 1.8-liter, turbocharged four-pot that produces 170 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque.

The model will be on display from November 5th to 8th at Volkswagen’s booth in SEMA.

Click past the jump to read more about the Volkswagen Jetta GLI Helios Special Edition.

Volkswagen Jetta GLI Helios Special Edition in Detail

Wheels Details

Volkswagen Jetta GLI Helios Special Edition

The Jetta rides on 19-inch, Volkswagen Motorsports wheels wrapped in Nitto Invo 235/35R19, ZR-rated tires. These rims are painted in gunmetal gray, and a set of large brake calipers custom painted with the “Helios” logo sit behind the wheels.

Rear View Details

Volkswagen Jetta GLI Helios Special Edition

The engine’s sound is further improved by a new, custom exhaust system.

Interior view detail

Volkswagen Jetta GLI Helios Special Edition
Volkswagen Jetta GLI Helios Special Edition
Volkswagen Jetta GLI Helios Special Edition

The interior adds Recaro seats wrapped in black leather with contrasting Helios-inspired blue, black and gray striped inserts. The steering wheels, handbrake and shifter feature the same Helios theme, while the trunk liner gets additional "Helios" logo.

Navigation system detail

Volkswagen Jetta GLI Helios Special Edition

This concept Jetta is also equipped with an RNS 315 navigation system with a rearview camera and a custom sound box with digital sound.

Press Release

As well as showing its ultimate street performance Jetta, FMS Automotive took another Mk6 Jetta featuring the all-new 1.8-liter turbo engine and built a tribute to the 1989 Helios Special Edition Jetta GLI.

Volkswagen Jetta GLI Helios Special Edition

With the exterior painted in the same Helios Special Edition blue-and-black paint scheme of the late ‘80s original, other key features from the fabled limited-edition model have been incorporated into the 2014 tribute. The VW accessories team provided a body kit for the Jetta and FMS Automotive added custom body side moldings. Other accent pieces, including the rear spoiler and side mirrors, are painted to match the Helios blue/black paint design theme.

Larger Golf R brake calipers custom painted with the “Helios” logo replace the stock pieces and 19-inch Volkswagen Motorsports wheels coated in ceramic gunmetal gray and wrapped with Nitto Invo 235/35 ZR-rated tires are employed on all four corners. A custom exhaust system was also added for more style and a performance sound.

Volkswagen Jetta GLI Helios Special Edition

Inside, Recaro Specialist seats were reupholstered in Helios-inspired blue, black and gray striped inserts. The back seats, steering wheel, handbrake, and shifter were reupholstered to match the Helios theme throughout the car while Corinthian custom textile floormats and a trunk liner with embroidered light blue “Helios” logo were installed. VW brushed aluminum pedal caps and aluminum door sills, the RNS 315 navigation system with rearview camera and a custom sound box with digital sound processer round out the long list of interior enhancements. The Helios Tribute Jetta will also be on display at booth #20255 in Central Hall from November 5 to 8.


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