2014 Volkswagen Beetle GSR starts at $29,995

Article by Anita Panait, on July 18, 2013

Volkswagen of America has disclosed that the 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GSR will have a starting price of $29,995 six-speed manual transmission models and $31,095 for six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic versions. Volkswagen will just build around 3,500 Beetle GSR for global sales. The vehicle takes its cue from the GSR (“Yellow Black Racer”) of the 1970s, thus its yellow-and-black color scheme.

Yellow dominates the model’s body and R-Line bumpers while black governs the hood, trunklid, roof, and the exterior mirror caps. The model boasts of yellow/black stripes with “GSR” lettering above the side skirts and a large rear spoiler. The Beetle GSR features 19-inch “Tornado” aluminum-alloy wheels shod with 235/40 tires and black-painted brake calipers.

The vehicle’s interior features a yellow/black theme, sport seats, and a leather-wrapped sport steering wheel. The GSR’s black-trimmed leather seating surfaces and high-grip leather-wrapped steering wheel have contrasting yellow stitching.

2014 VW Beetle GSR now features an R-Line dash pad, a GSR shift lever, a leather-wrapped handbrake lever. The car also has black floor mats with contrasting yellow embroidery. To highlight the uniqueness of the car, a badge on the steering wheel is marked with the special-edition number from 1 to 3,500.

It is powered by a EA888-turbocharged and direct-injection 2.0-liter TSI engine that provides 210 hp of output and 207 pound-feet of torque. This allows the 2014 VW Beetle GSR to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 6.6 seconds and reach an electronically limited top speed of 130 mph. Ensuring smooth acceleration is the engine’s capability to deliver peak torque from as low as 1700 rpm.

Regarding the Beetle GSR, it remains in line with the concept of the GSR released in the 1970s. One big change is that Volkswagen has managed to re-interpret it systematically to adapt it to the current times. Similar to the GSR models of the past, the body of the new GSR comes in yellow. Still on the 1973 Beetle, both the boot lid and the bonnet, like the bumpers, come in matt black.

Below the side windows are black trim strips with the look rounded off by the region on top of the doorsills which have yellow/black side stripes. For the new version, it is this black and yellow color that provides the link of the new and the old versions. While the bonnet and the boot lid of the Beetle GSR are also in black, the trims of the exterior mirror and roof are in black as well.

The yellow and black stripes have the “GSR” lettering allowing for that distinct profile that is just above the side sills. Further, this new R-Line design reveals bumpers in yellow with the rear spoiler rounding up the look by being in yellow/black. Unlike the older model, Volkswagen gives customers the chance to order the Beetle GSR in Platinum Grey/Black.

Around four decades ago, most models were equipped with steel 15-inch wheels fitted with the size 175 tires. This was true even for sporty cars. However, for the Beetle GSR, it had the black alloy 19-inch “Tornado” wheels fitted with the 235/40 tires. The GSR of the past has a black/yellow interior and included a sports steering wheel in leather and the sports seats to allow for that Beetle extra-dynamic performance.

Now forty years later, the R-Line track sports racing seats are clearly more sophisticated and ergonomic. It will come with the fabric covers as standard and contrasted with yellow stitching. For the models to be released in the U.S. market though, it will offer black leather. There is also the leather high-grip sports steering wheel which is contrasted with yellow stitching and has the R-Line logo.

Included in the new Beetle GSR is a limited edition badge with the special edition number, ranging from 1 to 3,500. This gives the model that special character. The new Beetle GSR also has the R-Line dash pad, which is a designer panel for the vehicle’s dashboard. There is also the leather handbrake lever, GSR gear stick, and the floor mats in black contrasted by yellow embroidery.

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