The 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo or Jetta GLI will be offered with more power due to the availability of a new engine. These models have also gotten several aesthetic modifications. The third generation of Volkswagen’s “EA888″ 2.0-liter turbo-four engine will be offered for the Beetle Turbo coupe and convertible, and Jetta GLI sedan.
This means that its output will get an extra 10hp, enabling the car to deliver 210hp and 207 lb-ft of torque. It now has a peak power at 5300 rpm instead of at 5100 rpm. Furthermore, Volkswagen asserts that the Beetle Turbo coupe can accelerate from zero to 60mph in 6.6 seconds, which means that it is faster by 0.2 second.
Meanwhile, the Jetta GLI is capable of going from a standstill to 60mph in 6.7 seconds, making it 0.1 second faster than current models with a manual transmission and 0.2 second quicker than those that feature a DSG dual-clutch.
It comes with even more benefits as Volkswagen claims that the third-generation turbo engine can boost fuel economy by as much as 8% on the highway and up to 9% in the city. Assembled in Silao, Mexico, the third-generation engine is also eight pounds lighter than the second-gen unit presently used in the Beetle Turbo and Jetta GLI.
For 2013, these two turbocharged cars got visual revisions. Both the Jetta GLI and Beetle Turbo received R-Line bumpers, with black surfaces and chrome turn-signal surrounds at the front and a diffuser insert at the back. Full-LED taillights are use for the Jetta GLI.
The new Beetle Turbo R-Line is now the car’s highest trim level, replacing the Sunroof, Sound, and Navigation. It gets R-Line bumpers, a set of 19-inch “Tornado” wheels, xenon headlights with LED running lights, stainless-steel door-sill plates, and a “chrome vanadium” dashboard trim. It has a starting price of $30,930 (including a $795 destination charge) with a six-speed manual transmission.
The 2013 Jetta GLI with the new engine is priced exactly the same as the previous model. But then, all models of the Beetle Turbo are slightly more expensive.
The starting price of the 2013 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo coupe is now at $25,165 (inclusive of a $795 destination charge), and the Turbo coupe with Sunroof and Sound has a price tag of $28,065. The starting price of the Beetle Turbo convertible is $29,265, while the Beetle Turbo convertible with Sound costs $30,665, and the Beetle Turbo convertible R-Line is priced at $32,665.