Volkswagen will launch a Beetle derivative designed solely for its dynamic properties at the 2013 Chicago motor show.
The GSR makes its world premiere in Chicago (the show runs from February 7 – 18) and only 3500 units of the car will be produced.
It is based on the ‘Yellow/Black racer’ of the Beetle 1303 S developed 40 years ago, of which 3500 were built, too.
Reinterpreting the 1970’s concept for the modern Beetle, this GSR’s body is finished in a combination of yellow and black although it can also be ordered in Platinum Grey and black, VW says.
The original’s 15-inch steel wheels have been replaced by 19-inch Tornado alloy wheels, the interior is kitted with R-Line sports seats with contrasting yellow stitching, a leather sports steering wheel with R-Line logo and a plaque labelling the special edition as one of 3500.
The new 155kW Beetle GSR accelerates from 0 – 100kph in 7.3 seconds, VW says, and has a top speed of 229kph.
It can be ordered with either a six-speed manual or six-speed DSG transmission.
According to VWSA, the Beetle GSR will not be sold in South Africa.