Volkswagen has pushed up the power for the new half-model year. For 2013.5 (yep, this isn't a 2013 and it's not quite a 2014), the 2.0-liter turbocharged TSI engine offered in the Beetle Turbo, Beetle Turbo Convertible and Jetta GLI now makes 210 horsepower, an increase of 10 ponies over the previous version of the long-running engine. Torque remains unchanged at 207 pound-feet.

According to VW, the Beetle Turbo can accelerate from 0-60 in 6.6 seconds, which is a .2-second improvement over the previous car. The Jetta GLI does the run to 60 in 6.7 seconds, according to the automaker. Those worried about economy will be pleased to know that the increase in performance extends to the pump – VW claims increases of four to eight percent in city and combined fuel economy.

The Beetle Turbo is fitted with new R Line bumpers for 2013.5; a separate R Line package that includes the new bumpers, a diffuser at the rear, 19-inch Tornado wheels and badging inside and out will start at $30,135. Meanwhile, the Jetta GLI gets LED taillamps, and the automaker isn't mentioning any increase in price. Want to know more? Click on the lone image above to enlarge, then scroll down below for the press release.
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VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE TURBO AND JETTA GLI RECEIVE POWER BOOST

The 2.0-liter turbocharged TSI® engine in the 2013 Beetle Turbo, Beetle Turbo Convertible, and Jetta GLI is now rated at 210 horsepower

- New EA888 Gen 3 engine, produced in Silao, Mexico, makes its U.S. debut
- Engine offers 10 hp increase over previous Gen 2 powerplant
- Beetle models have a manufacturer estimated fuel economy improvement of up to eight percent on the combined cycle
- Beetle R-Line® coupe will be priced from $30,135 with the six-speed manual transmission


Herndon, VA – The Volkswagen Beetle Turbo, Beetle Turbo Convertible, and the Jetta GLI
receive a number of running changes to 2013 model year cars that go on sale this month. The
most notable of these is fitment of a new version of the award-winning EA888 2.0-liter
turbocharged and direct-injected TSI® engine. This is being produced in a new factory in
Silao, Mexico, that is part of Volkswagen's ongoing $5 billion investment in the North
American market.

The new engine makes 210 horsepower, an increase of 10 hp over the previous Gen 2 TSI
engine. Peak power is generated 200 revs higher in the engine range, at 5300 rpm, and
torque remains unchanged at 207 pound-feet. Thus equipped, the Beetle Turbo coupe takes
6.6 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph, 0.2 seconds less than the previous version: At
6.7 seconds, the Jetta GLI is a tenth faster with the manual transmission and two tenths
quicker with the DSG® dual-clutch automatic than the cars equipped with the Gen 2 engine.

As well as providing more performance, the new engine also gives a manufacturer-estimated
improvement in fuel efficiency for the Beetle models of between four and eight percent on the
combined cycle and by up to nine percent on the city cycle.

The EA888 Gen 3 engine is designed to be lighter and more fuel efficient than the unit it
replaces. Engine weight has been reduced by eight pounds, to 290 pounds overall. Among the
improvements on this engine are: a thinwall crankcase casting; exhaust headers that are
integrated into the cylinder head; smaller diameter main bearings; roller bearings for the twin
balancer shafts; and a crankshaft that has four counterweights instead of eight.

As well as getting the new engine, the Beetle Turbo and Beetle Turbo Convertible both receive
new R-Line bumpers; these feature grained black surfaces and chrome-framed turn signals at
the front and a diffuser at the rear. The Jetta GLI is also upgraded with LED taillights on all
three trims.

The Beetle Turbo R-Line model, which is also fitted with the new 210-hp engine, appears in
dealerships at the same time, replacing the Beetle Turbo with Sunroof, Sound, and
Navigation. Externally, the R-Line model is differentiated by the more aggressive front and rear
bumpers, 19-inch "Tornado" aluminum-alloy wheels, R-Line badging, and Bi-Xenon headlights
with LED DRLs.

Inside, the R-Line model features custom stainless-steel kickplates, a steering wheel badge,
and a unique "chrome vanadium" dashboard panel. The base price for the Beetle Turbo R-
Line will be $30,135 when equipped with the six-speed manual transmission.
About Volkswagen of America, Inc.

Founded in 1955, Volkswagen of America, Inc., an operating unit of Volkswagen Group of
America, Inc. (VWoA) is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen
AG, headquartered in Wolfsburg, Germany. VWoA's operations in the United States include
research and development, parts and vehicle processing, parts distribution centers, sales,
marketing and service offices, financial service centers, and its state-of-the-art manufacturing
facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The Volkswagen Group is one of the world's largest
producers of passenger cars and Europe's largest automaker. VWoA sells the Beetle, Beetle
Convertible, Eos, Golf, Golf R, GTI, Jetta, Jetta SportWagen, Passat, CC, Tiguan, Touareg,
and Routan vehicles through approximately 600 independent U.S. dealers.

Visit Volkswagen of America online at www.vw.com or media.vw.com to learn more.


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      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 1 Year Ago
      210hp from a 2.0L turbo. Welcome to 20 years ago.
        methos1999
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
        I wonder why you were voted down? Seems to me to be an appropriate comment, given BMW, Ford, GM, Subaru, Hyundai/Kia all offer 2.0L turbos that range from 240 hp up to 300 hp. And when considering most fall in the 250-270 hp range, a meager 210 hp seems most pathetic indeed...
          Go2Fast
          • 1 Year Ago
          @methos1999
          I agree. My 03 Jetta GLI is rated at 210HP with the 24v VR6 - I love the engine and transmission in this car, but these days VW really needs to step up its came. My 92 Eagle Talon TSI AWD was rated at 195HP..and its now 20 years old.
          RocketRed
          • 1 Year Ago
          @methos1999
          Yes, but we drive cars not numbers. The Sonata 2.0T with an alleged 274 hp at ~3500lbs, 6.5 seconds to 60. The Passat 2.0T with its supposed crummy little 200hp, 6.7. .2s for a whopping 4.3 points different in power to weight advantage for the Hyundai. Oh, also, 26mpg hwy versus 30 for the Passat. See direct comparison test: http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/sedans/1010_2011_hyundai_sonata_2_0t_test/viewall.html. So I\'m never impressed by this numbers racing when it comes to the power that VW cannnot or will not extract from a 2.0T with direct injection versus competitors. So in this example, probably Hyunadai is making a bit more power, but not much, and you are at least paying for this at the pump. You are also paying for it in terms of refinement. You might win the drag race, maybe, with a proper launch, but in every other situation, you will wish you had the VW.
          NightFlight
          • 1 Year Ago
          @methos1999
          @ Go2Fast MMMMmmmm those VR6s sounded so good. Had a Jetta GLX VR6 myself....
          MJC
          • 1 Year Ago
          @methos1999
          It's not about the number. It's about how usable and accessible the power is. This is why a GLI is more engaging to drive than the other cars you've listed - the power comes on hard and smooth at 2K RPM, wight when you need it.
          foxtrot685
          • 1 Year Ago
          @methos1999
          The 2.0L VW engine works. 6.6 seconds 0-60MPH times are respectable, owners get great mileage out of them, they have very strong low-mid range torque, very little turbo lag, and are very refined. Some of the turbo engines from the manufacturers you listed are not good engines in all of these aspects, one in particular sounds like a TDI engine out of a mid 90\'s Volkswagen... I\'ll let you figure out which one but heres a hint, its from the most expensive automaker in your list.
          RocketRed
          • 1 Year Ago
          @methos1999
          Correction to my message: The Hyundai gets better hwy MPG by about 10%. Which is good. But with regard to the relevance of the power advantage, things are not what they seem, which of course makes this mpg advantage less impressive as well.
        Rob
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
        The engine puts out 225hp in the Audi Q5 272hp in the Audi TT and the new S3 will have a 300hp version. VW/Audi underrates these engines but anyone feeling power may be lacking can modify.
        axiomatik
        • 1 Year Ago
        @MONTEGOD7SS
        No kidding. VW has finally caught up to the SR20DET in my Nissan, which came from the factory with 205HP back in 1991.
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      turbosaabman
      • 1 Year Ago
      While I agree that 210hp out of a 2.0 is nothing to write home about these days, you have to take into account how that power is made. The VW 2.0 is a hell of an engine, it's got a smooth, broad power band. It feels like your getting the most out of each of those ponies. The engine in my 2001 9-3 is rated for 205hp, but the 200hp engine in my GTI feels so much better. Mostly because of the smoothness of the delivery. In the end I'm not worried anyways because I have APR stage two in my GTI now and it's all the power I'll ever need in a daily driver.
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @turbosaabman
        Hook, line, and sinker.
        RocketRed
        • 1 Year Ago
        @turbosaabman
        I\'ve had two cars with the engine. Actualy one with the \"TSI\" and one with \"FSI\". The car does not make 200hp. Everyone knows VAG underrates. And a calculator will tell you this, looking at the performance and the weight, if you don\'t trust the seat of your pants. I thought about getting a reflash for the \"FSI\" car but basically I was wheel-spin limited in any kind light hooning so I didn\'t see the point. But I suppose that once you have the extra power you will never go back. I can tell you that the 2.0T FSI in a Passat feels just as strong in the middle of the power band as the 3.6VR6 in a CC. Obviously when you have all that extra metal in motion at high RPM, the 3.6 is better. But for every day driving, the 2.0T is perfect.
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just curious - is it the same TSI engine that goes into catastrophic failure after just a few thousand miles? http://volkswagenownersclub.com/vw/showthread.php/24125-TSI-catastrophic-engine-failure
        foxtrot685
        • 1 Year Ago
        @knightrider_6
        That was a small batch of TSI engines in 2010 that had bad bearings. VW fixed or replaced all affected engines under warranty and gave loaner vehicles while they were in the shop. This was not normal for TSI engines and VW responded accordingly. Sometimes, a bad batch of mechanical components are made... it happens. Nice try, tho!
          knightrider_6
          • 1 Year Ago
          @foxtrot685
          I know. That guy got a Nissan Altima as a loaner. They were too afraid to give him a WV.
        Mr Sled
        • 1 Year Ago
        @knightrider_6
        Award winning! Lol!
      Moreno636
      • 1 Year Ago
      Whose buying Beetles?? Honestly??
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Moreno636
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        express2day
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Moreno636
        Almost 14K have so far this year with sales running more than double last year's numbers,
          • 1 Year Ago
          @express2day
          [blocked]
        48Chevy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Moreno636
        I'd imagine those of us that have a personality in a shade other than grey, beige, or black 4 door, and, like being able to easily find our cars in a car park without having to set off the alarm first.
        knightrider_6
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Moreno636
        @Moreno636 "Whose buying Beetles?? Honestly??" Hipsters and menopausal women
      Thipps
      • 1 Year Ago
      ...and the hipsters rejoice
      foxtrot685
      • 1 Year Ago
      That lower front fascia on the 2013.5 Beetle Turbo looks 1,000x better than that cheap looking, wide-mouth, single slot fascia on the old model.
      AcidTonic
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's not so much engineering as it is quality..... With cheapo cast rods and pistons, low boost, low power, no more than 250hp max. With cheapo cast rods and forged pistons, high boost, medium power, no more than 350hp max. With forged rods and forged pistons.... no more than 450hp max. Toss in a forged crank with all forged parts and oil squirters..... 600hp-900hp if the head/block can support it. Cheap power from this motor means it has cheapo crap parts inside..... It's not "engineering" it's cost savings.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @AcidTonic
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      Iain Fulton
      • 1 Year Ago
      WHAT???? I just got my vw GLI and i love it! Its already a pretty quick machine but now they just made it better already. DANG IT! Oh well....its still an awesome ride!
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am so glad to know that the next A6 will have 10 extra horses. This FWD barge does need extra power to improve it's 0-60 time of 7.5s
        SloopJohnB
        • 1 Year Ago
        @knightrider_6
        Not so much...early Saab turbos did 0-60 in 8.1 seconds and were quite quick once they got going, 2nd gear pulls were surprising. And uphill pulls on the interstate could pass quite a few cars. Today, maybe not so much but 7.5 seconds is still respectable on the street. These beetle turbos will surprise you.
          knightrider_6
          • 1 Year Ago
          @SloopJohnB
          If you are selling a $50K car, it should at least be better than a Camry.
        Kronos
        • 1 Year Ago
        @knightrider_6
        Different engine. VWAG has *many* variants of the EA888.
      Vinuuz
      • 1 Year Ago
      It can produce a lot more for just 500$. I guess, at the cost of long term reliability. Otherwise VW might have offered 250 bhp out of the door.
      Lab Ninja
      • 1 Year Ago
      Considering that Hyundai and GM both get 270+ hp out of their 2.0 turbos, this is not news.
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