Volkswagen Unveils Fastest-Ever Beetle in Chicago


It’s a tribute to the 1970s era GSR and it’s the fastest production Volkswagen Beetle to date.

Unveiled today during the 2013 Chicago Auto Show, Volkswagen says it only plans to offer 3,500 units worldwide. The car uses the same 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine as the more common turbo model, but it’s been tweaked for 10 extra horsepower.

That extra power is enough to push the car from 0-60 mph in 6.6 seconds with a top speed of 130 mph.


GSR stands for “Gelb Schwarzer Renner,” which translates from German to say “Yellow Black Racer.” As you can see, the car has heavy black accents and “GSR” lettering painted along the sides. It also gets 19-inch “tornado” wheels.

The ostentatious color scheme continues in the cabin with matching interior accents, albeit in a much more subdued form. Black leather seats get yellow stitching and there is a GSR badge on the dashboard.

If the big spoiler on the back, the black and the yellow all look good, you can try to order one when they go on sale this fall as 2014 models.

GALLERY: Volkswagen Beetle GSR


GALLERY: Volkswagen Beetle GSR Live


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