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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Philkratz says:

Man that’s an ugly paint job…

Aussietanker says:

Just as wel they only produced 3500 units

ChristianWilliamson says:

i bet what they charge for those 10 horses is highly laugh enducing

Mike Shilko says:

I came here for 10 hp?  ugh!

Eric Harris says:

My Sonata Turbo will still blow the doors off this ugly thing.  LOL, 10HP.

Waters says:

For Christ’s sake guys…it’s a beetle…not a Masserati.

Marcovintage says:

Bummer, I thought maybe they’d drop in the turbo 5 cyl from the TT-RS. 360 HP would actually make it fun.

Gsx686 says:

Lol 10 extra hp…you can put a simple tune on it and make 50 more hp w/o any bolt ons…