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.
The Beetle and Beetle Cabriolet range is complemented by “Exclusive” set of features. The new model line is characterised by elegance, stylish design, and is now optionally available as “Exclusive” Design or “Exclusive” Sport.
The two new “Exclusive” models were designed by the Volkswagen R GmbH, and focus on perfection and uniqueness. Both models are based on the equipment lines “Design” and “Sport”.
The exterior includes four black 18-inch alloy wheels model “Twister” with polished surface and wheel lock with extended anti-theft protection, as well as tire pressure monitoring display as standard. As an optional extra, 19-inch alloy wheels of the “Tornado” model are also available in white and black. The interiors feature three different coloured leather seating systems available in Pepper Beige, Amber Brown and Black, each equipped with a sophisticated diamond stitching.
Volkswagen of America, Inc. today announced pricing for the 2013 Beetle Fender® Edition, a special edition of the popular coupe that marries iconic names from music and motoring. The Beetle Fender® Edition is available with two powertrains: the 170-horsepower 2.5-liter five-cylinder engine mated to either a five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission; and the turbocharged 2.0-liter TSI® four-cylinder engine that’s paired with either a six-speed manual transmission or a six-speed DSG® dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The 2.5L Beetle Fender® Edition includes all the features found on the 2.5L Beetle with Sunroof model, while the 2.0T Beetle Fender® Edition takes the Beetle Turbo with Sunroof and Sound as its starting point. Both vehicles offer a great value, with the 2.5L priced at $24,440 with the manual transmission and $25,540 with the automatic. The Turbo models start at $28,130 for the manual version and $29,200 for the DSG-equipped model. All prices exclude destination charges of $795 per vehicle.
The Beetle Fender® Edition is unique inside and out. From the outside, the car is distinguished by Deep Black Pearl Metallic paint, brushed chrome mirrors, Fender badging on the sides of the car, 18-inch “Disc” aluminum-alloy wheels, and Bi-Xenon headlights with LED Daytime Running Lights. Inside, there’s a striking dashboard that incorporates the Fender badge and was inspired by the iconic Fender sunburst design. The Turbo models also have sport seats upholstered in V-Tex leatherette with unique cloth inserts.
And, of course, the Beetle Fender® Edition features the high-performance, award-winning Fender Premium Audio System. The concert-quality audio is the result of proprietary Panasonic® speaker technology, which cuts through noise, and dual-voice coil speakers that faithfully reproduce the sound of a live performance. The sound system consists of a 10-channel amplifier that provides a whopping 400 watts of system power to four Fender Deluxe™ tweeters, two Fender Twin™ speakers, two Fender rear speakers, and one Fender Bassman™ subwoofer.
The 2013 Beetle Fender Edition models will be in dealerships at the beginning of November.
Entomologists in the UK are set for an exciting day, and not just because the ants are flying. There’s another kind of flying bug about: the Volkswagen Beetle with either a 2.0-litre 140 PS TDI turbodiesel engine, or a 2.0-litre 200 PS TSI turbocharged petrol engine.
The latter is enough to propel this bug from zero to 62 mph in just 7.5 seconds and on to 139 mph, while the TDI takes a far from sluggish 9.5 seconds and can reach 123 mph. Of equal interest, however, will be its 57.6 mpg combined economy, and 129 g/km of CO2 rating.
Both new versions are available with a choice of six-speed manual or six-speed DSG gearboxes. The TDI comes in either mid-level Design or top-line Sport trim. The 2.0-litre TSI 200 PS model is available in Sport or special-edition Turbo Black and Turbo Silver specification, complete with ‘Turbo’ decals in either silver or black along the side, door mirrors in silver or black, the door rubbing strip in body colour (rather than black, as it is on standard Sport models), and 19-inch ‘Tornado’ alloys.
Volkswagen of America, Inc. announced today that the limited edition Triple White New Beetle convertible is now available at dealers. Only 3,000 customers will have the opportunity to own this truly special edition.
The Triple White New Beetle convertible features a unique Campanella white exterior, a white interior, and white convertible roof boot. The Triple White New Beetle convertible takes its color palette from the original Super Beetle convertible of the late 70s. This modern day rendition includes 17-inch ‘Oktopus’ alloy wheels, a three-spoke leather wrapped steering wheel, white leatherette seats and center armrest. Also included are black carpeting, floor mats and door panels along with Sirius Satellite Radio. Another distinctive feature of the Triple White New Beetle convertible is the special front seat headrests ingrained with the New Beetle convertible icon.
With the standard automatic transmission, the Triple White New Beetle convertible is priced at $25,990.