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Volkswagen Goes Forward into the Past with Beetle GSR

Building buzz for the new Bug.

by on Feb.07, 2013

The new VW Beetle GSR and the original.

Volkswagen is looking to recreate some of the magic from the 1970s by bringing back its “Yellow Black Racer.”

Also known as the GSR – short for the German name, Gelb Schwarzer Renner — it was the sportiest version of the classic Volkswagen Beetle 40 years back. Instantly recognizable by its distinctive color scheme, just 3500 units were built and they are now considered collectors’ items.

VW is hoping the 2014 Beetle GSR debuting at the Chicago Auto Show this week can build the same buzz for the third-generation Bug.

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The bodyshell of the original 1973 Beetle was painted yellow, while the hood, trunklid, and bumpers were finished in matte black. The look was rounded out by black trim strips underneath the side windows and black rocker panels. Yellow and black link old and new: the body and the R-Line bumpers on the new GSR are predominantly yellow, the hood is mainly black, and the trunklid, roof, and the exterior mirror caps are all black

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VW Set to Debut Beetle Turbo Diesel in Chicago

Diesel cabrio to follow.

by on Jan.19, 2012

The 2013 VW Beetle TDI will play a different tune with a diesel expected to deliver over 40 mpg.

Volkswagen will introduce the most fuel-efficiency version of the Bug ever at the upcoming Chicago Auto Show, where it plans to unveil the 2013 VW Beetle TDI.

The move is no surprise. While most makers are still debating whether or not to add oil-burners to their line-ups, the Germans have scored big success stories with the technology – especially Volkswagen, which currently produces about 75% of the diesels sold in the U.S.

While the maker is keeping details close to the vest in order to have a few secrets to reveal in the Windy City expectations are that the Beetle TDI will share the same 2.0-liter, turbocharged inline-four as the diesel versions of the Golf, Jetta and new Volkswagen Passat.  That would translate into something around 140 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque.

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The maker is expected to offer buyers a six-speed stick, as well as an option six-speed DSG gearbox.

Rated at 43 mpg in the Passat (while, curiously, the highway ratings are just 42 mpg in the Golf and Jetta), the Beetle TDI should be in the 40+ mpg range.

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