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2014 Volkswagen Beetle GSR: First Look

by Ryan ZumMallen on

Still fighting its reputation as a soft and cutesy car, the 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GSR has emerged as the most aggressive version of the most aggressive Beetle, and it is not playing around.

The 2014 Beetle GSR will pack 210 horsepower and 207 lb.-ft of torque into a 2.0L TSI four-cylinder engine, with an aggressive R-Line bodykit and striking yellow paint. Volkswagen will produce only 3,500 versions of the Beetle GSR, about half of which will make it to the U.S. later this fall. So if you’d like to get your hands on a truly unique little bug, act soon.

The Beetle GSR pays homage to a true legend, the original 1973 Volkswagen Beetle GSR. Draped in screaming yellow paint with black accents, and powered by a whopping 50 horsepower, the ’73 Beetle GSR was a true sports compact in its day.

Times have changed, but the GSR spirit has not. Expect the 2014 Beetle GSR to accelerate from 0-60mph in about 6.6 seconds, and reach a top speed of electronically-governed 130mph. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, and customers will have the option of the truly great dual-clutch DSG automatic as well. That transmission delivers peak torque from as low as 1,700rpm, meaning the Beetle GSR will growl out the exhaust just as loudly as it does with its paint.

A large rear spoiler, special “GSR” emblems and 19-inch Tornado wheels complete the exterior package, while leather sport seats and the high-grip steering wheel are both covered in contrasting yellow stitching.

The quiet and reserved should look elsewhere. The 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GSR is for the loud and brash, and does justice to its predecessor with an attitude and appearance that have stood the test of time.


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