Volkswagen to produce limited-edition Beetle GSR

New Yellow and Black 2014 Beetle revealed at Chicago Auto Show

Published: February 10, 2013, 8:00 PM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 3:24 PM

2014 Volkswagen Beetle GSR

Perhaps in an attempt to counter its pervasive 'chick-car' image, Volkswagen revealed a dramatic GSR version of the new Beetle at the Chicago Auto Show this week.

Painted bright yellow, with twin black stripes on the hood and a black roof, mirrors and deck-lid, the GSR is said to be patterned on a limited-production 1973 VW Beetle racer.

That car was called "Gelb Schwarzer Renner" in German, which translates to "Yellow Black Racer" and accounts for the GSR designation.

As was the case for that original version, only 3500 of the new GSRs will be produced for the worldwide market, more than half of which are destined for North America.

The Beetle GSR will go on sale this fall, as a 2014 model. For those who prefer something a little more subtle, it can also be ordered in Platinum Grey and Black.

The GSR debuted an uprated version of Volkswagen's 2.0-litre turbocharged inline four-cylinder TSI engine generating 210 horsepower and 207 lb-ft of torque – the latter from as low as 1700 rpm.

This engine will also be fitted to the Jetta GLI and Beetle Turbo during the 2013 model year, boosting their power by 10 hp.

The GSR comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission, but a dual-clutch DSG six-speed automatic will be an option. VW says the car will accelerate from 0-to-100 km/h in 7.3 seconds.

Other GSR features include a big rear spoiler and 19-inch "Tornado" aluminum-alloy wheels with 235/40 tires.

Inside, there are black leather R-Line racing track sports seats, with contrasting yellow stitching, a high-grip leather sports steering wheel, also with contrasting yellow stitching, an R-Line logo and a limited edition badge with the special edition number (1 to 3,500).

There is also an R-Line instrument panel pad, GSR gear stick, leather handbrake lever and black floor mats with contrasting yellow embroidery.

Based, as it is, on the Beetle Turbo with Sunroof and Sound model, the GSR also comes equipped with: a Fender Premium Audio System; a panoramic sunroof; keyless access with push-button start; Bi-Xenon headlights with LED DRLs; LED license-plate lighting; heatable front seats; Bluetooth connectivity; a Media Device Interface (MDI) with iPod cable; three-color ambient lighting; aluminum-alloy pedals; and three auxiliary instruments that include a clock with a stopwatch function and a boost gauge.