Competes with: Mini Cooper S, Fiat 500 Turbo, Ford Focus ST
Looks like: The VW Beetle for Pittsburgh Steelers fans
Drivetrain: 210-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch transmission; front-wheel drive
Hits dealerships: Fall 2013
The 2014 Volkswagen Beetle GSR recalls one of the limited-edition Beetles of the past. Available this fall, the Beetle GSR packs a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, unique interior styling and a yellow-and-black paint scheme reminiscent of the Beetle GSR from the 1970s. As with the original, production will be limited to 3,500 units; more than half are slated for the U.S.
The Beetle GSR's paint scheme stays relatively true to the original. Wide black stripes run the length of the hood, and the roof and liftgate are painted completely black. The doors get GSR lettering and stripes, and there's a spoiler below the rear window. Low-profile tires are fitted to 19-inch aluminum-alloy wheels and the bi-xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights are trimmed with LED daytime running lights.
Where yellow is the dominant exterior color, black is predominant inside — with yellow used for seat, steering wheel, floormats, shifter and dash accents. The sport seats and steering wheel are finished in leather. The steering wheels of each GSR are numbered one through 3,500.
The car's turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine makes 210 horsepower and 207 pounds-feet of torque. Power is up 10 hp from the Beetle Turbo, but this uprated engine will migrate to 2013 models of that car and the Jetta GLI. In the Beetle GSR, the engine drives the front wheels through a six-speed manual or six-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Standard features include Fender premium audio, a panoramic sunroof, push-button start, heated front seats, Bluetooth phone connectivity and streaming audio, iPod connectivity, ambient lighting with three selectable colors, and aluminum pedals. Pricing has not been announced.