2013 Chicago Auto Show: 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GSR
2013 Chicago Auto Show
What Is It?
2014 Volkswagen Beetle GSR
What's Special About It?
The 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GSR is an homage to a special sport-tuned version of the original Beetle built for 1973. The name GSR refers to "Gelb Schwarzer Renner" or "Yellow Black Racer." While the 2014 VW Beetle GSR is most definitely yellow and black, it won't be so much of a racer.
It does get the more powerful 210-horsepower version of VW's 2.0-liter turbo engine that will be making its way into the regular Beetle Turbo as well as the Jetta GLI. However, there aren't any suspension or steering upgrades to speak of. Just the extra body cladding from the also-new Beetle R-Line as well as the special paint job, yellow interior stitching, a unique shifter and GSR badges on the door sills, steering wheel, second glovebox and seats.
There will be 3,500 GSRs built worldwide, with the United States on the hook for 1,900 when it starts arriving this fall. Canada will be getting only 200, so put in your orders now, Vancouverites. Pricing will be announced closer to launch.
Edmunds says: The 2014 Volkswagen GSR is just one of the many special editions Volkswagen will continue to roll out in order to keep the Beetle fresh as the years go by.