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Press Release) VOLKSWAGEN UNVEILS THE LIMITED-EDITION BEETLE
GSR AT THE CHICAGO AUTO SHOW
• Classic 1970s’
Beetle serves as inspiration for the GSR™
• Sportiest Beetle boasts a 210 horsepower turbocharged engine
• On sale in the Fall as a 2014 model
• Limited edition of just 3500 worldwide
• Leather-trimmed sport seats and unique GSR trim mark out the
Wolfsburg / Chicago., -
Forty years ago, the sportiest version of the classic Volkswagen
Beetle made its debut. Called the GSR (Gelb Schwarzer Renner or
“Yellow Black Racer”), the vehicle was based on a 1303S and was
instantly recognizable by its color scheme. Just 3500 units were
built and they are now collectors’ items.
Today, at the Chicago Auto Show, Volkswagen of America, Inc. pays
homage to that 1970s’ model with the world unveiling of the 2014
Beetle GSR. Striking in yellow and black, just like its predecessor,
the GSR also debuts an uprated version of the award-winning EA888
2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder TSI® engine that
generates 210 horsepower. This engine will be fitted to the Jetta
GLI and Beetle Turbo during the 2013 model year, boosting their
power by 10 hp.
With this new car, Volkswagen has re-interpreted the 1970s GSR for
the modern era. The bodyshell of the 1973 Beetle was painted yellow,
while the hood, trunklid, and bumpers were finished in matte black.
The look was rounded out by black trim strips underneath the side
windows and black rocker panels. Yellow and black link old and new:
the body and the R-Line® bumpers on the new GSR are predominantly
yellow, the hood is mainly black, and the trunklid, roof, and the
exterior mirror caps are all black. The new car has yellow/black
stripes with “GSR” lettering above the side skirts and a large rear
spoiler to complete the look. The stance of the new car is very
different, as it rides on 19-inch “Tornado” aluminum-alloy wheels
shod with 235/40 tires, compared with the original GSR’s 15-inch
steel wheels and 175-section tires, which were quite common even on
sporty cars back then. The new GSR also features silver-painted
Then as now, the GSR features a unique interior with a yellow/black
theme, sport seats, and a leather sport steering wheel. The new GSR
is a lot more sophisticated, however. The black-trimmed leather
sport seats and high-grip leather steering wheel both have
contrasting yellow stitching, for example. Other interior changes
include an R-Line dash pad, a GSR shift lever, a leather handbrake
lever, and black floormats with contrasting yellow embroidery. A
badge on the steering wheel is marked with the special-edition
number (1 through 3500) to emphasize the uniqueness of the car.
Forty years ago, the Beetle GSR had all of 50 horsepower, enough to
give it the requisite performance for a sporty compact of the time.
But the modern world demands much more under the hood. The new GSR’s
210 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque enable the car to
accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.6 seconds and to reach an
electronically governed top track speed of 130 mph. Most
impressively, the engine delivers peak torque from as low as 1700
rpm, giving smooth, effortless acceleration in all the gears. The
GSR is standard with a six-speed manual transmission, but a
dual-clutch DSG® six-speed automatic transmission will be an option.
Just like its predecessor, only 3500 GSR models will be made—and
more than half of those will be sold in the U.S. Since the GSR is
based on the Beetle Turbo with Sunroof and Sound model, it comes
comprehensively equipped with the 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. The Volkswagen Beetle GSR will
go on sale in the fall as a 2014 model; pricing will be announced
closer to launch.
About Volkswagen of America, Inc.
Founded in 1955,
Volkswagen of America, Inc. is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia.
It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg,
Germany. Volkswagen’s operations in the United States include
research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts
distribution centers, sales, marketing and service offices,
financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing
facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Volkswagen is one of the world's
largest producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker.
Volkswagen of America sells the Beetle, Beetle Convertible, Eos,
Golf, Golf R. GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, CC, Tiguan,
Touareg and Routan vehicles through approximately 600 independent
U.S. dealers. Visit Volkswagen of America online at www.vw.com or
media.vw.com to learn more.
“DSG”, “GSR”, “R-Line”, “TSI”, “VW”, “Volkswagen”, all model names
and the Volkswagen logo are registered trademarks of Volkswagen AG.
“Bluetooth” is a registered trademark of Bluetooth SIG, Inc.
“Fender” is a registered trademark of Fender Musical Instruments
Corporation. “iPod” is a registered trademark of Apple, Inc.
Features and technical data apply to models offered in the USA. They
may differ in other countries.