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VW Beetle GSR: Price from £24,900

Fri, 10 May 2013 00:00:00 -0700

The Beetle GSR is a homage to the Yellow-Black Racer Beetle from the 1970s (GSR stands for Gelb Schwarzer Renner – which means Yellow-Black Racer) which featured a similar paint job, boosted power (a whole 49bhp) and was also limited to 3,500 units. But the 2013 version of the Beetle GSR does at least offer much more get up and go than the 1970s GSR managed.

That means the GSR comes with VW’s 2.0 litre turbo with 207bhp which is enough to get the yellow Bug to 62mph in 7.3 seconds on its way top 142mph, and is the same power output all Beetles with the 2.0 litre TSI will get from May 1st (up from 197bhp).

Staying quite faithful to the original colour scheme, the GSR comes as default with the yellow and black paint job (although VW are hedging their bets with customer tastes and are also offering it in Grey and Black too), but gets 21st century extras like 19″ alloys, R-Line bumpers, R-Line racing seats with contrast stitching and a leather steering wheel.

Starting price for the Beetle GSR is £24,900 with an extra £1,500 adding in a DSG gearbox, and if you want one you’d probably make haste to your nearest VW dealer to get one ordered before all 100 walk away.

VW say the first customer Beetle GSRs will arrive in the UK in September.

By Cars UK