It’s a Wr! This cute VW Jetta GLI concept honors its past


If there’s one piece of Volkswagen Jetta GLI history that we all remember, it’s the Blue Lagoon hue of the small sports sedan from the mid-2000s. Wait a minute? Don’t you remember that short-lived GLI color? Don’t worry, you are not alone. Even so, VW introduced this Blue Lagoon Jetta GLI concept as a nod to a past that the broader enthusiast community fondly remembers.

However, the Blue Lagoon Jetta GLI concept is an attractive variant of the sportiest Jetta fairing. Include the color as well as exterior parts such as a front lip spoiler, side skirts, and a trunk-mounted lip spoiler. A set of 20-inch BBS-C-HR wheels goes well with the blue hue, while a set of Continental ExtremeContact sport rubber and a coilover kit from H&R Springs certainly add to the dynamics.















In the interior, Volkswagen added a pair of Recaro Ergomed ES front seats and a Black Forest Industries golf ball gearshift head to the GLI’s six-speed gear stick. We would like the brand to offer this package of interiors for the production GLI. The brand makes no mention of powertrain modifications for the GLI’s 228-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine.

Even so, the color of this concept is the star of the show. But we have a little secret for you: The Blue Lagoon Jetta GLI is actually painted black. That’s right, the blue outer parts of this GLI are from a Wr that extends all the way to the car’s door jams and inner body panels to further fool Volkswagen fans. More shocking? The Wr is not exactly the same blue that is used on the fourth generation Jetta of the Blue Lagoon. It’s actually a color that Orafol – the company responsible for supplying the vinyl wrapping – calls Midnight Blue Metallic.

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Even so, the color is pretty darn similar to the original Blue Lagoon. The team responsible for this concept even purchased a Blue Lagoon fuel filler flap from a Jetta GLI from 2004 to ensure that the vinyl wrapping matches the original color almost perfectly. If you ask us, it looks like a dead alarm clock for the 15+ year old color option. On the other hand, we may not be the best choice for judging the success of the color match of this concept, as we barely remember it was a thing at all.

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