Special Editions - 2012 Volkswagen Beetle Long-Term Road Test

2012 Volkswagen Beetle Long Term Road Test

2012 Volkswagen Beetle: Special Editions

February 12, 2013

2012 Volkswagen Beetle

Is the regular Volkswagen Beetle too boring? Well, VW's has a couple of special editions that will likely catch your eye. Already out is the 2013 Fender Edition. Now VW has announced it will also offer a special Beetle GSR for 2014.

The Fender builds on the theme presented by the car's optional Fender-branded sound system. Here you get a specially colored dash panel that's been inspired by the look of Fender's iconic guitars and, yes, some special Fender badges. Hey, Jimi Hendrix used one, right?

2012 Volkswagen Beetle

Next up is the new GSR, which debuted recently at the Chicago Auto Show. The GSR pays tribute to the special GSR edition of the classic Beetle of the 1970s. Like the original, the new one has a special yellow-and-black paint and interior trim scheme. You also get special 19-inch wheels and 10 more horsepower, for a total of 210. Only 3,500 GSRs will be built, and about half will be sold in the United States.

Granted, we're largely looking at cosmetic changes here. But I like that's VW is offering different versions of the Beetle as it helps keep the car fresh and competitive against two other highly customizable coupes, the Fiat 500 and the Mini Cooper.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 14,539 miles


  • noburgers_ noburgers_ Posts:

    and Jimi torched his Fender in lighter fluid

  • hybris hybris Posts:

    10 hp extra? Why even bother at that point when a K&N filter could possibly get you that much?

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    Isn't it a bit early in the model run to be coming out with special editions? For the Fender one, I mean...the other one should never have come out.

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