Volkswagen has announced that pricing of its limited-edition 2014 Beetle GSR will start from $29,995, *not including $820 for destination. This throwback to the original 1970s "Yellow Black Racer" first debuted at the Chicago Auto Show and will be limited to just 3,500 units worldwide.

The prominent black-and-yellow paint scheme sets the GSR apart from lesser turbocharged Beetle models, and the car rides on 19-inch Tornado alloy wheels wrapped in 235/40-series tires. That same color combination makes its way inside the Bug, with yellow contrast stitching on the black leather surfaces. Additionally, there are sport seats, a sport steering wheel (with a serialized number plaque), plus a unique R-Line dash pad and GSR shift lever.

The Beetle GSR builds off the R-Line model, powered by Volkswagen's tried-and-true 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four-cylinder engine that puts out 210 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque in this application. A six-speed manual transmission is standard, though Volkswagen will offer the GSR with its six-speed DSG dual-clutch 'box for an additional $1,100. Hitting 60 miles per hour takes just 6.6 seconds in the GSR, and top speed is limited to 130 mph.

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- Pricing starts at $29,995 for GSR® with manual transmission and $31,095 with the DSG® automatic
- Classic 1970s Beetle serves as inspiration for the GSR model
- Limited edition of just 3500 worldwide
- Leather-trimmed sport seats and unique GSR trim mark out the interior

Herndon, VA - Today, Volkswagen of America, Inc., announced that pricing of the 2014 Beetle GSR® will start at $29,995 for models equipped with a six-speed manual transmission; the base price for the version equipped with the six-speed DSG dual-clutch automatic is $31,095.

Just 3500 of these striking yellow-and-black GSR models will be built globally. Taking its cue from the GSR ("Yellow Black Racer") of the 1970s, the new car also has a yellow-and-black color scheme: the body and R-Line® bumpers are finished predominantly in yellow; the hood is mainly black; and the trunklid, roof, and the exterior mirror caps are black. The car has yellow/black stripes with "GSR" lettering above the side skirts and a large rear spoiler to complete the look. The GSR rides on 19-inch "Tornado" aluminum-alloy wheels shod with 235/40 tires and also features black-painted brake calipers.

The GSR has a unique interior with a yellow/black theme, sport seats, and a leather-wrapped sport steering wheel. The black-trimmed leather seating surfaces and high-grip leather-wrapped steering wheel have contrasting yellow stitching. Other interior changes include an R-Line dash pad, a GSR shift lever, a leather-wrapped handbrake lever, and black floormats with contrasting yellow embroidery. A badge on the steering wheel is marked with the special-edition number (1 through 3500) to emphasize the uniqueness of the car.

The new GSR model's EA888 turbocharged and direct-injection 2.0-liter TSI® engine makes 210 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque, enabling the car to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.6 seconds and to reach an electronically governed top track speed of 130 mph. Most impressively, the engine delivers peak torque from as low as 1700 rpm, giving smooth, effortless acceleration in all the gears. The GSR comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission, but a dual-clutch DSG six-speed automatic transmission is optional.

Since the GSR is based on the R-Line with Sunroof and Sound with Navigation model, it comes comprehensively equipped with the Fender® Premium Audio System; a panoramic sunroof; the RNS 315® navigation system; Keyless access with push-button start; Bi-Xenon headlights with LED DRLs; LED license-plate lighting; heatable front seats; Bluetooth® connectivity; a Media Device Interface (MDI) with iPod® cable; three-color ambient lighting; aluminum-alloy-look pedals; and three auxiliary instruments that include a clock with a stopwatch function and a boost gauge.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      Seriously, that can't through in a tune for that price?
      King of Eldorado
      • 2 Years Ago
      That 70s Beetle in the background looks like the owner of a solid yellow one crunched the front and rear hoods, went to the junkyard and found a black one that had been T-boned, and might get around to the repainting part when he gets his tax refund.
      • 2 Years Ago
      $30k for a 200hp bug? Maybe if you specifically collect special edition Bugs, but beyond that... this would be pretty idiotic purchase.
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is a joke right? I have to say that im decently ok with the new beetle but that price and those specs are a joke. How can this possibly be shown next to a GTI costing less, performing better, looking better, and getting better mileage.
        • 2 Years Ago
        i propose instead of naming it GSR they make it the PoSeR
      • 2 Years Ago
      A $30.000 Bug ... I'm still in shock that we buy $4 lattes!
      • 2 Years Ago
      What's GSR stand for? Because it better not be "Grand Sport Rally"....... this car is anything but that.
      • 2 Years Ago
      AFAIK, this is not the "tried and true" 210HP engine. It is the new 2.0t engine built in Mexico.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Ummmm, what about all-wheel drive? Just a bunch of appearance kits and color scheme does not make this car live up to its name...GSR POS...
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yawn. Probably a fun car to drive, but they need to bring the price down about 10 grand.
      • 2 Years Ago
        The Wasp
        • 2 Years Ago
        Why would you buy a Porsche FR-S/BRZ competitor for $45k when you can buy an FR-S/BRZ for $22-27k?
      • 2 Years Ago
      Who's going to pay 30k for the ugliest and least practical car VW offers? At that price, it should at least have 4motion.
      • 2 Years Ago
      stop it vs bring the scirroco here then we will talk
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