As the Chicago Auto Show is drawing close, VW has revealed a couple of special editions of its two iconic cars to help put the spotlight on the VW stand. The first and the flashiest is the 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GSR. In this case, GSR stands for “Gelb Schwarzer Renner” or “Yellow Black Racer,” and harkens back to a sport-tuned classic Beetle from the 1970s. The GSR gets a 210-horsepower version of VW’s 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder, enough to push the Beetle to 100 km per hour in 6.6 seconds, and up to a top speed of 230 km/h.
Of course, you’ll have long-since noticed the shockingly yellow-and-black livery before you stumble across the Turbo badge on the rear deck. The GSR gets 19-inch alloy wheels, 235-section tires and a rear spoiler, but it’s the paint and graphics package that will decide if this is your (lemony) cup of tea. Things don’t get any subtler inside the car either, as VW has carried the bright paintwork to the interior as well. Only 3,500 Beetle GSRs will be produced, with just more than half of those going to the US.
Slightly less racy than the GSR is a Volkswagen Beetle Convertible with the R-Line package. The 2014 R-Line car gets some unique 19-inch aluminum wheels with lower profile tires, LED DRLs to augment Bi-Xenon headlamps and trim-specific badging. You’ll also find R-Line branding sprinkled through the cabin of the car.
Inside, the Beetle Convertible R-Line features “metallic-finish” dash and door trim; a sporty flat-bottom R-Line multi-function leather steering wheel; stainless-steel R-Line scuff plates; aluminum sport pedals; and leather sport seating surfaces. Other interior appointments include the RNS 315 navigation system; Keyless access with push-button start; and the award-winning Fender® Premium Audio System, which delivers rich sound via a 10-channel, 400 watt amplifier with eight speakers and a rear subwoofer.
Finally, VW is offering a couple of limited edition GTI models to close out the 2013 model year. There’ll be just 3,000 examples of the Volkswagen GTI Driver’s Edition produced, all of them offering new 18-inch wheels, a golf ball shifter knob for the six-speed manual and the sunroof and navigation packages from the normal GTI spec sheet. A Wolfsburg Edition car will make a similar offering, but without the navi and sunroof.
The Beetle GSR will begin selling in the US by August 2013, while the Beetle R-Line and the the two run-out GTI models is available as soon as the Chicago Show event ends.