VW unveils hot Beetle

Last updated 07:10 13/02/2013
Volkswagen's turbocharged GSR Beetle.

BUMBLEBEE LOOK: Volkswagen's turbocharged GSR Beetle after its unveiling at the Chicago Auto Show.

Volkswagen's turbocharged GSR Beetle.
NICE LINES: Volkswagen's turbocharged GSR Beetle.

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Volkswagen has gone back to the future in the design of a new limited edition Beetle unveiled at the Chicago Auto Show.

Only 3500 versions of the 210 horsepower turbocharged two-litre "GSR" (Gelb Schwarzer Renner or "Yellow Black Racer") will be built.

VW says inspiration for the GSR comes from its legendary "Yellow/Black Racer" which was based on the Beetle 1303 S and debuted 40 years ago. Only 3500 versions of that car were also made and it was powered by just a 50hp unit.

This VW should not be confused with the Transformers movie-inspired Chevrolet Camaro of "Bumblebee" fame, but we can't help but think the paint job is strikingly similar.

VW does point out that the GSR's colour scheme is similar to its yellow/black racer of the 1970s which was yellow in base and bonnet and boot lid and bumpers black. This version has black-dominated through the centre from bonnet to roof to boot and mirror trims. For those who prefer something a little more subtle, the Beetle GSR can also be ordered in Platinum Grey and Black.

This GSR will ride on Tornado 19-inch alloy wheels (painted black) with 235/40 tyres which are a long way from the 15-inch steel wheels (with 175 size tyres) used 40 years ago.

Inside, there are R-Line racing track sports seats, a high-grip leather sports steering wheel with R-Line logo and a limited edition badge with the special edition number (1 to 3500).

The engine, under the bonnet in this version rather than the boot 40 years ago, will push the GSR to at top speed of 228 kmh and a company-claimed fuel consumption of 7.3 litres per 100km.

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